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Are Blade Servers Dead, or the Future of the DataCenter?

As I talk with customers, I often run into camps who either love blade servers or they absolutely hate them – and will never use them.  I even hear some people think blade servers are dying off, but I think that is far from the case.  In fact, I believe that blade servers could be

Blade Server Options for VMware vSAN ReadyNode

Last July I wrote a blog article showcasing the limited options listed on VMware’s vSAN ReadyNode listing.  Over the past 14 months, that list has grown so instead of updating that older post, I thought I’d provide a consolidated updated list of vSAN ReadyNode blade servers.

Blade Server Comparison – September 2017

With the recent release of the Intel Xeon SP CPUs, 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.

Recommended Memory Configurations for Skylake CPUs

The new architecture of the Intel Xeon SP (aka Skylake) CPU includes more memory channels, which is creating some uncertainty on best practices.  In today’s post, I’ll show you the best configurations to consider to help drive high memory performance.

Cisco Announces New Blade Servers

Cisco announced the UCS B200 M5 and UCS B480 M5 blade servers each supporting the newly announced Intel Xeon Scalable Processor.  Below are the highlights of each model.

HPE Announces New Blade Servers with Intel Xeon SP Processors

Today HPE released details on their next generation blade servers built on Intel’s Xeon Scalable Processor.  Below are the highlights of each model.

What You Need to Know About Intel Xeon SP CPUs

Today Intel officially launches the next generation rack, tower and blade server CPU – the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (SP), formerly known as “Skylake.”  Before you invest in this next generation compute, there are a few things you need to know.

Cisco Blade Servers Enter vSAN Market

Last month, VMware announced a new vSAN Ready Node using the Cisco UCS B-Series blade server.  Blade servers aren’t new to vSAN Ready Nodes (see “VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node on a Blade Server“) and Cisco isn’t new to the vSAN business – they’ve had their UCS C-Series rack servers certified since “Ready Nodes” were

Dell EMC PowerEdge M630 Delivers Energy Cost Savings vs HPE

A new finding from the Dell EMC PowerEdge Engineering identified the Dell EMC PowerEdge M630 blade server as being more efficient and offering lower energy costs than the HPE ProLiant BL460 Gen 9.

2016 – Year in Review

As I wrap up my 7th year with this blog I wanted to take a minute to pause and say thank you.  Without your interest in this blog post, I don’t think I would have stuck with it.  I appreciate your ideas and your feedback / comments, even if I may not like what you

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