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A Look at the Dell PowerEdge M610 Blade Server

Intel and Dell recently agreed to provide me with a Dell PowerEdge M610 blade server for me to use in my lab, so I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity and write-up a review.  I’m going to go into further details about the blade server in the following blog post, but here are the high-level

This Day in History: "HP Claims Cisco UCS Will Be Dead in 1 Year"

“A year from now the difference will be (Cisco) UCS (Unified Compute System) is dead and we have had phenomenal market share growth in the networking space…And customers are thrilled and partners are making a lot of money.” – Randy Seidl, VP of the Americas, Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking,  HP (April 26, 2010)  

Dell To Introduce A New Mini-Chassis for Blades?

It’s been a little quiet in the blade market place over the past few weeks, but I found some information that may peak some interests.

Dell Announces Blade Refresh and NIC Partitioning (NPAR)

Dell announced today a refresh of the PowerEdge M910 blade server based on the Intel Xeon E7 processor.  The M910 is a full-height blade that can hold 512GB of RAM across 32 DIMMs.   The refreshed M910 blade server will also feature Dell’s FlexMem bridge that enables users to use all 32 DIMM slots with only 2 CPUs.  You can read more

Cisco Refreshes UCS B440 M2 and B230 M2 with Intel Xeon E7

Cisco announced today the refresh of their UCS B440 M2 and B230 blade servers with the newly announced Intel Xeon E7. 

Intel Announces New Xeon 4 Socket CPU (E7); Dell, HP and IBM Slated to Refresh Blades

UPDATED 11:30 a.m. EST (4/6/11) – Intel announced today the next version of their 4 socket chipset, known as “E7”.  Previously known with the codename of Westmere EX, the newly released Xeon 7600 will be rebranded as the Intel Xeon E7. 

New Use for Blade Servers? HP E5000 Messaging System

Anyone who reads this site frequently will know that I try to predict the future and speculate on what’s to come in the realm of blade server technology.  HP recently developed a new offering that opens up the possibilities of how blade servers will be used in the near future.

Blade Announcements Coming – Tuesday, APRIL 5

It’s no surprise, but one of the chip manufacturers will be releasing their next generation of multi-socket CPUs Tuesday.  As expected, at least one vendor will be announcing on the same day some blade announcements.  SO – check back here on Tuesday (mid-day) to find out what’s new. (no this isn’t an April Fool’s joke)