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
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
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
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
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.
The future points toward higher wattage CPUs. Does this point to an end for blade servers? In this blog post, I’ll examine some real world power examples that may give us a clue. Continue reading
In the midst of the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor launch and the slew of blade server announcements, HPE quietly announced their next edition to the HPE Synergy family – the Synergy 480 Gen10 Plus. Here’s what we know. Continue reading
(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).
Earlier this month, IDC published their Q3 2020 WorldWide Server tracker data showing the top server vendors. in this post, I’m going to dive in and take a closer look at how blade servers are performing including which vendor is leading the blade server market. Continue reading
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”.