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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

Blade Server Comparison – May 2015

Many of the blade vendors made announcements recently featuring the Intel Xeon E7 v3 CPU, so below is an updated chart of current blade servers.  Once Intel announces the Xeon E5-4600 v3 I’ll include those as well.

A Closer Look at the Dell FD332 for FX Architecture

[updated 4.13.15]  Today Dell officially started shipping the FC430 and the FD332 Storage blocks for the Dell FX Architecture.  The FC430 is a slick, server offering for many workloads, but many questions pop up around what the FD332 is and how it can be used, so in today’s post I’m hoping to clarify it for

Dell PowerEdge FX Technical Guide Now Available

Dell recently released the Technical Guide for the PowerEdge FX Architecture and you can download it below.

Dell VRTX Now Scales Up to 50TB of Shared Storage

A few weeks ago Dell added a 2TB 2.5″ 7.2K RPM Near-Line SAS  drive to the list of supported drives.  This new addition not only increases the shared storage capacity of the Dell VRTX chassis from 48TB to 50TB but it also offers better performance. 

Understanding Dell’s integrated Remote Management

Dell’s integrated Remote Access Controller, or iDRAC, is a great tool, but you need to make sure you purchase the version that best meets your needs.  In this blog post, I’ll help clarify the pro’s and con’s of each as well as provide you an eval key to help you see what you may be missing.

IDC Worldwide Server Tracker – Q4 2014 Released

IDC released the Q4 2014 Quarterly Server Tracker last night and it revealed that Dell has taken the #2 server spot with 16.7% market share.

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