It occurred to me that I created a reference chart for showing what blade server options are available in the market (“Blade Server Comparison – 2018“) but I’ve never listed the options for blade server chassis. In this post, I’ll provide you with overviews of blade chassis from Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo. One of the things I’m not going to do is try and give Pro’s and Con’s for each chassis. The reason is quite obvious if you have read this blog before, but in a nutshell, I work for Dell EMC, so I’m not going to promote or bash any vendor. My goal is to simplify each vendor’s offerings and give you one place to get an overview of each blade chassis in the market.
We just learned this week that the PowerEdge VRTX, which was announced in June of 2013, will remain in the Dell EMC portfolio into 2021. This is great news for customers who have invested into the “datacenter in a box” platform and opens up an opportunity for those who aren’t using it. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the PowerEdge VRTX platform, so here are a few things you may not know. Continue reading
With the recent release of the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX blade servers, I realized it’s been a year since I’ve updated my blade server comparison chart. Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project. (REVISED December 2018 – fixed drive count on Dell EMC PowerEdge MX servers. Thanks to Mike Browning for catching it after this many months!)
An independent testing company, Principled Technologies, recently released a study that compared the networking capabilities of Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, HPE Synergy and Cisco UCS using VMware vMotion. Their findings:
VMworld 2018 opened with Dell EMC revealing the PowerEdge MX architecture to the public. The show floor included the full chassis along with a plexiglass version providing a behind the scenes view into the guts of the MX7000 chassis. I was able to grab a few pictures, but they don’t do it justice. I encourage you to stop by the Dell EMC booth (next to AMD and in front of the basketball court) and see it if you are attending VMworld. Continue reading
As I’m talking with customers about rack or blade servers, I always start with industry trends. I make sure they understand the things to be aware of with Intel Xeon SP processors, what’s new with AMD EPYC processors, NVMe drives and I wrap it up discussing Storage Class Memory If you aren’t familiar with Storage Class Memory, you better start learning about it, because it is a game changer. Continue reading
At the General Session of Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas Tuesday, Jeff Clarke stunned the audience by “previewing” Dell EMC’s next generation modular platform, the PowerEdge MX. Continue reading
I need your help. I try to post something each month to keep the site fresh, but I’m struggling for useable content in this period where no new blade server products are being announced. If you have content or ideas that you’d like to see, please let me know via email, Twitter or comments below.
Thanks for your continued support.
No, this isn’t click bait. You could possibly upgrade your blade servers and it could actually end up saving you money (and theoretically be free.) Let me explain. Continue reading