It should be no surprise that the popularity of accelerators in the datacenter continues to grow. Last year I wrote a blog post on the GPU options for blade servers. At that time, the options were limited to either small GPUs like the NVIDIA T4 or mezzanine based GPUs. The market really hasn’t added anything more in the GPU-on-blade space until now. Continue reading
After teasing the public at Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC has finally released details of its next generation modular architecture – the PowerEdge MX. This generation of modular has something that gives you investment protection for years to come. In this post, you’ll get a good overview of Dell EMC’s new blade server architecture, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this first look. Continue reading
As I’m talking with customers about rack or blade servers, I always start with industry trends. I make sure they understand the things to be aware of with Intel Xeon SP processors, what’s new with AMD EPYC processors, NVMe drives and I wrap it up discussing Storage Class Memory If you aren’t familiar with Storage Class Memory, you better start learning about it, because it is a game changer. Continue reading
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
I recently was asked what the demand for NVMe drives was, so I pinged my peers to see where they are seeing the adoption of NVMe (in rack or blade servers forms) and got a pretty interesting response. This got me wondering what the options were for NVMe, as well as other acceleration technologies, in the blade server world. Here is what I found.