Blade servers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their high density, scalability, and flexibility. A blade server is a type of server that houses multiple blade modules, which are essentially self-contained servers with their own processors, memory, and storage. These modules are installed vertically in a chassis that provides power, cooling, and connectivity. Continue reading
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Intel Announces 4th Generation Xeon Scalable CPU
Today Intel officially announced the 4th Generation Xeon CPU, formerly known as “Sapphire Rapids.” Here’s the list of all 47 CPU bins. Continue reading
2022 – Year in Review
As my final blog post of the year, I always like taking a look into my 2022 metrics. It’s fun to see what people search for, and where they come from, so here’s what I found. Before I begin, let me say thank you! I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to read this simple little blog on blade servers. While I’d love to be the next ServeTheHome, I’m happy with continuing to provide blade server news as my little hobby. Continue reading
An Updated Way to Get GPUs on Dell PowerEdge MX7000
It should be no surprise that the popularity of accelerators in the datacenter continues to grow. In years past, I’ve written a few blog posts on the GPU options for blade servers, but at that time, the options were limited to either small GPUs like the NVIDIA T4 or mezzanine based GPUs. Now the solutions that are available really open up some great options of using GPUs on blade servers. Dell Technologies and Liqid have worked together to provide a way to provide multiple GPUs to blade servers using concepts that we won’t see in the market for another few years, so take a few minutes to learn more. Continue reading
Intel Announces End of Optane Memory But There’s More to the Story
I woke up today with a nice blog post from Tom’s Hardware titled, “Intel Kills Optane Memory Business Entirely“. While this may not e a surprise to some, it sure jolted me. As I started to look into this, there’s more to this story. Continue reading
What Blade Servers Are Certified as VMware vSAN Ready Nodes?
In this day and age, 99% of datacenter environments are virtualized, however a fraction of those environments are using virtualized storage, aka “vSAN”. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the full 1000+ page list of VMware vSAN Ready Nodes and deduct all non blade server systems. In this post, I’ll be highlighting only blade server vSAN Ready Nodes. Continue reading
The Hit Movie, AVATAR Processed on HP Blade Servers
Since it is Thursday, I thought I’d do a throwback to the blog post that launched “BladesMadeSimple” from January of 2010. Enjoy! Continue reading
Helpful Blade Server Links (Updated)
Here is a list of blade-related websites that may help you find more information about blade servers. Since vendors tend to move their sites without notice if you find a dead link, please let me know. If you have other sites that you think are worthy to remember, email me at “kevin AT bladesmadesimple.com”.
New iDRAC License Adds New Features Like Telemetry Streaming To Your Blade Servers
One very important consideration for choosing your blade server is the type of embedded management license you need. I’ve seen organizations attempt to save money by going with the low end license offering for systems management only to find out it doesn’t include a crucial feature. One such feature is the ability to see trends and get early warnings from a server before it alerts. In this blog post I’m going to talk about the iDRAC license options for Dell EMC blade servers including a comparison of the different license versions and why you may want them.
PowerEdge VRTX Gets an Extended Life
Last week, Dell EMC announced extended life for the PowerEdge VRTX. The announcement stated that Dell EMC would be offering VRTX through the end of 2022. The PowerEdge VRTX is considered a “datacenter in a box” with up to 4 blade servers and 25 hot-pluggable shared drives inside of a tower or 5U system. Continue reading