As expected, I’m starting to see the blade server vendors unveil their next generations of product based in the 4th Generation Intel Xeon SP CPUs. It looks like Cisco was first to announce, as I haven’t seen any other blade server vendor announce. In today’s blog post, I’ll highlight what’s been released about Cisco’s latest announcements. Continue reading
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The Ultimate Guide for Blade Server Resources
Happy Halloween! As new blade server content is lacking in the market, I thought I would wrap up this month with an updated list of blade server resources for Cisco, Dell, HPE and Lenovo blade servers.
Can You Run GPUs on Blade Servers?
In the past, a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was equated to a workload that was designing something, like building automobiles. However, over the past few years, organizations have realized that GPUs have more value than utilization in Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML). In fact, a large majority of recent GPU adoption revolved around utilization of GPUs with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). As we look at a “modular infrastructure” (aka blade server) environments, having multiple servers within a small footprint is ideal for VDI. In today’s blog post, I’m going to review what each blade server vendor offers for GPU options. Continue reading
Are Vendors Getting Out of the Blade Server Market?
I recently was asked, am I seeing server vendors exiting the blade server market? If so, what are they selling in place of blades? Honestly, I was surprised by the question. The only whisper of any exits from the blade market were stirred up last year with the rumors of Cisco exiting. I address that in this post, but I wanted to see if there was any validity into what was being asked, so I dug around. I was surprised by what I found. Continue reading
What We Can Expect for Blade Servers in 2022
As we look into the new year, there are some things I think we can expect to see in the blade server market. Here are a few things I think we’ll see in 2022.
Cisco (Probably) Isn’t Getting Out of the Blade Server Business
A recent blog post on Blocksandfiles.com is sparking concerns around the future of Cisco’s rack and server business. Are they on their way out, or is this just a bump in the road. Here are my thoughts. Continue reading
Are Multi-Node Systems a Better Option Than Blade Servers?
Lately I’ve been having discussions around “futures” with customers and one topic continues to be over ongoing interest. What will blade servers look like with the expectations of CPU TDPs continuing to increase? Looking into the future, it’s very clear that CPUs are going to create an obstacle for blade server users. TDPs are going to grow to the point where “air cooling” may not be sufficient for all workloads. This will force blade server users to make a choice. Continue reading
A Review of Blade Server Market Share
Every quarter IDC publishes market data for blade server vendors. In the past I’ve only covered the top 4 main stream vendors, Cisco, Dell Technologies, HPE and Lenovo. However, I recently came upon IDC’s full list of blade server vendors so I thought it would be good to share.
It’s About Time Cisco – A Look At the Cisco UCS X9508 and UCS x210c M6
Well, it’s about fracken time, Cisco! Today Cisco finally announced information about their next generation UCS chassis. Here’s what you’re going to want to know. Continue reading
Comparison of Ice Lake Based Blade Servers
(Updated 4.8.2021) Intel released the embargo on April 6, 2021 lifting the covers to the 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processor. As expected, blade server vendors are starting to release details of their offerings based on this new CPU announcement. Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project. This version includes Intel DC Persistent Memory (Optane).