Author Archives: Kevin Houston

What You May Not Know About PowerEdge VRTX

We just learned this week that the PowerEdge VRTX, which was announced in June of 2013, will remain in the Dell EMC portfolio into 2021.  This is great news for customers who have invested into the “datacenter in a box” platform and opens up an opportunity for those who aren’t using it.  It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the PowerEdge VRTX platform, so here are a few things you may not know. Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes of the PowerEdge MX Plexiglass Chassis

If you’ve been to a trade show in the past year, you likely saw the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX blade chassis with a see-through, plexiglass design.  One of the designers, Max Abelardo, recently published a video showing how they made the plexiglass chassis, and it’s quite impressive.

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UCS vs PowerEdge MX – Comparison of Admin Tasks

Principled Technologies released a report earlier this month that compared certain administrative tasks between a Cisco UCS blade server solution and a Dell EMC PowerEdge MX solution and the results were quite surprising. Continue reading

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2018 – Year in Review

This year, I’d like to do something I haven’t done since 2016.  I like to take a minute to review what was successful on my blog and share it with my readers.

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What Workloads Are Running on Your Blade Servers?

Higher CPU core counts and faster memory speeds are expanding the use case for blade servers.  In years past, a majority of users would say they use blade servers for a dense platform for virtualization.  Today, I think there are more workloads than virtualization running on blade servers, but I need your help to decide if my speculation is true.  Continue reading

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Managing Server Hardware and VMs – You Need This Tool

If your organization has teams that are responsible for managing both the physical server hardware (rack or blade server) lifecycle and the virtual environment, there is a tool that is ideal for you.  Continue reading

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