Category Archives: History

2016 – Year in Review

As I wrap up my 7th year with this blog I wanted to take a minute to pause and say thank you.  Without your interest in this blog post, I don’t think I would have stuck with it.  I appreciate your ideas and your feedback / comments, even if I may not like what you say.  As my final post of the year, I thought I would provide you with some insights on what was popular, what has been searched on, etc.  If you don’t see something you’d like to know about, let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for your continued interest, and Happy New Year! Continue reading

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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 a personal site that I’ve maintained since Fall of 2009 and I get ZERO money to run it.  No advertising dollars or anything.  It’s a hobby, so your participation is greatly appreciated.  That said, I thought for my first blog post of 2016, I’d provide you with some insight into the numbers.  So here we go.

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BladesMadeSimple Turns 4

It’s hard to believe this site has turned 4 years old already. It seems like just yesterday I was putting this site together with the intent to keep a log of blade server related information that I could easily reference when talking with customers.

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BladesMadeSimple – Year in Review

I’d like to begin 2013 first by saying thank you to you, the reader.  I created in October of 2009 with the goal of creating a repository of blade server related material for my own use modeled after Rich Bramley’s virtualization blog,  About 3 months after creation of the inception, BladesMadeSimple gained industry visibility after I wrote the blog post titled,

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Is it Time to Rethink Your Position On Blade Servers?

Is it time to rethink your position on blade servers?  A recent vendor neutral article from thinks it is.  The October 5th edition of Processor magazine provided an article titled, “Rethink Your Position On Blade Servers” where they offer reasons to look at blade servers in your environment.   Continue reading

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Where Did Blade Servers Come From?

As I mentioned yesterday, one of my fellow bloggers, Stephen Foskett, is writing a series on blade servers.  His latest post reveals the history of the blade server.  Stephen’s article challenged me to do some research of my own – and here’s what I found.   Apparently the first “official” patent for a server on blade (patent # 6,411,506 – High density web server chassis system and method) was awarded in June of 2002 to Christopher G. Hipp and David M. Kirkeby of RLX Technologies.   One interesting fact is that U.S. Patents referenced within the document refers to other patents from many leaders of the industry including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Micron, Hitachi and even Dell.

I’ve taken the liberty of downloading the entire patent document for your reference:
High Density Web Server Chassis – Patent 6411506 B1 (1.84Mb, PDF).


If you like technology and are a history buff, I recommend you check out Stephen’s article at


Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.    Kevin works for Dell as a Server Specialist covering the Global 500 East market.

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