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HP Introduces M.2 SSDs for Blade Servers

HP recently announced the industry’s first M.2 SSD for blade servers.  If you’re not familiar with M.2 (pronounced M dot 2), it’s a small form factor card and connector supporting applications such as Wi-Fi, WWAN, USB, PCIe & SATA seen mostly in desktop / laptop systems.  Adoption of this form factor in Tier 1 vendors is slow

5 Modes of the Dell FN IO Module

Dell’s FN I/O Modules (FN IOMs) are integrated devices that sit in the rear of the FX2 chassis and behave like traditional network switches.  The FN IOMs provide 8 x 10GbE internal ports to the connected server nodes while offering 4 x 10GbE external links for upstream connectivity.  What makes the FN I/O Module unique is

How To Back Up the Dell FlexAddress

If you own a Dell blade chassis, you are probably familiar with the FlexAddress feature however you have probably not wondered how to back it up – something that is well documented.  Fortunately a few of my Dell peers have put together the steps for a definitive backup method.

IDC Reports Rising Blade Market Share in 2Q15

IDC released their Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker yesterday and reported an overall 6.1% year over year (YoY) growth in servers.  IDC had very little mentions about blade server market but reported the following:

Websites You Need to Bookmark

One of my ongoing goals with this blog is to be a site for all things blade servers however it can be challenging for me to provide all of the information you may need.  Because of this, I created a page dedicated to providing you with a list of helpful websites that you will want

Dell MXL Blade Switch Configuration with Explanations

We go through a lot to train our teams on how to configure blade switches however  it can be difficult for one to remember everything that a Dell Network Sales Engineer has taught them.  As an administrator, you often need to be able to look at an actual configuration in front of you and have

Dell Blade Chassis I/O Module Guide

If you are looking for the I/O Connectivity Options for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure, look no further. 

Blade Server Comparison – June 2015

Below is the chart for the newest 4 socket blade servers based on the Intel Xeon E5-4600 v3.

Gartner Releases New Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers – May 2015

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Gartner Magic Quadrant for blade servers as they discontinued it in 2014.  Last month, Gartner created a new Magic Quadrant to replace the older one.  The newest Magic Quadrant incorporates both blade servers and multi-node servers. According to Gartner, “the separation of the blade and multinode server markets has

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