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Dell vs Cisco – New Tolly Report (updated)

UPDATED – Tolly Enterprises recently published a new Tolly Report comparing Dell PowerEdge FX2 with Cisco UCS showing results favoring Dell.  The 17 page document provides background on each of the product architectures and tests them in four test cases. 

2015 in Review

As another year has ended, I have to take the time to thank you.  This blog was created for my own use, to be able to access blade information at any time; but it grew into something bigger.  For each of you that use this site, I give a sincere thank you.  This site is

IDC Worldwide Server Tracker Shows 5.1% Growth in Q3 2015

IDC published their Q3 2015 findings last week, and the results were overall positive.  In year over year revenues, the worldwide server market saw revenues increase of 5.1%, or $13.4 billion, the sixth consecutive quarter of growth while shipments grew 4.5%, or 2.49 million units.  Specific to blade servers, IDC reported Dell’s blade server revenue grew

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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

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