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
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.
Lenovo published details on their next generation Think System blade server, the SN550 V2 based upon the 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor. Here are the specifics you need to 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”.
In the past, a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was equated to a workload that was designing something, like building automobiles. However, over the past two or three 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 GPU adoption revolves around utilization of GPUs with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Organizations have realized that VDI running Windows 10 can benefit from GPUs, so GPUs are now becoming a requirement for VDI. As we look at a “modular infrastructure” (aka blade server) environment, having multiple servers within a small footprint is ideal for VDI. Therefore, in today’s blog post, I’m going to review what each blade server vendor offers for GPU options. Continue reading
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.
On June 20th, Lenovo released information about their upcoming blade servers built on the upcoming Intel Xeon processor: the two processor ThinkSystem SN550 and the four processor ThinkSystem SN850. Although there doesn’t appear to be any spec sheets yet on the products, there are a few things that can be extracted from the published 3D tour. Continue reading