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Choosing the Right Memory for Your Blade Server

With the advancement of CPU architecture, identifying the best options for memory within your server has become more challenging.  Should you use a single DIMM or does multiple DIMMs make a difference?  What about memory speed – does it really matter?  Should you buy single rank (SR), dual rank (DR) or quad rank (QR) DIMMs. 

POLL Results: How Many NICs Do You Use for Virtualization on Your Blade Servers?

Last month I ran a poll asking “how many NICs do you use for virtualization on your blade servers” and the results may surprise you.

Introducing the Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server

With today’s announcement of the Intel E5-2600 v3, Cisco announced the UCS B200 M4 Blade Server.  Here’s a quick overview of it.

HP Announces the BladeSystem BL460c Gen 9

Today HP announced their next 2 socket blade server based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU, the BL460c Gen 9.   Here’s a quick summary of it.

Intel Announces the Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU

Today Intel announced the next generation of their x86 CPU,  the Xeon E5-2600 v3.  The specific CPU models being offered vary by server vendor, so here’s a summary of what the new CPU will provide.

A First Look at the Dell PowerEdge M630

The PowerEdge M630, Dell’s newest blade server based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 was announced today.  Although specifics haven’t been officially posted on Dell’s website, a video releasing some highlights of the newest member to the PowerEdge family was found on YouTube by Gartner Analyst,  @Daniel_Bowers, so here is a quick look at it.

A Look at the Cisco UCS M-Series

On September 4th, Cisco released a new line of modular servers under the UCS family known at the M-Series.  Interesting enough, though, Cisco’s not calling the new servers “blade servers” but instead they are taking a play out of HP’s Moonshot playbook and calling them “cartridges.”   The M-Series won’t be available until Q4 of this year,

IDC Worldwide Server Tracker – Q2 2014 Released

The Q2 2014  IDC Worldwide Server Tracker was released on August 26, 2014 and it reported that the demand for x86 servers improved in 2Q14 with revenues increasing 7.8% year over year in the quarter to $9.8 billion worldwide as unit shipments increased 1.5% to 2.2 million servers. HP led the market with 29.6% revenue share

Why Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX is Ideal for Virtualization

I recently had a customer looking for 32 Ethernet ports on a 4 server system to drive a virtualization platform.  At 8 x 1GbE per compute node, this was a typical VMware virtualization platform (they had not moved to 10GbE yet) but it’s not an easy task to perform on blade servers – however the

7 Lessons Learned From Cisco UCS

Here’s a summary of the lessons learned with Cisco UCS from the Cisco LIVE 2014 session titled, “BRKCOM-3010 – UCS: 4+ Years of Lessons Learned by the TAC”.