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7 Lessons Learned From Cisco UCS

Here’s a summary of the lessons learned with Cisco UCS from the Cisco LIVE 2014 session titled, “BRKCOM-3010 – UCS: 4+ Years of Lessons Learned by the TAC”.

How Many NICs Do You Use for Virtualization?

Quick poll to see what your typical NIC design is for your virtual environment deployed on blade servers.  Please take a minute to answer.

Cisco Announces New UCS Fabric Interconnect

This month Cisco announced a new addition to the UCS family – a mini Fabric Interconnect, called the UCS 6324 Fabric Interconnect, which unlike the ones before it plugs directly into the UCS 5108 chassis.  With connectivity for up to 15 servers (8 blade servers and up to 7 direct-connect rack servers), the 6324 is

The Secret to How Cisco Took the #1 Blade Server Spot

IDC and Cisco confirmed this week that Cisco has taken the #1 x86 blade server spot in North America for Q1 in 2014 with 40% revenue market share according to a recent CRN report.  This is quite an accomplishment especially since Cisco has only been reporting their numbers for 3 years.  So you might wonder

IDC Reports Increased Blade Server Growth in Q1 2014

The quarterly IDC Worldwide Server Tracker was released on May 28, 2014 and it reported that in spite of a decrease in overall server sales, blade servers continue to increase with HP leading the way.  To save you the task of reading all of the irrelevant server data, here’s a summary of their blade server

Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX Gets An Upgrade

The past few months have seen some long awaited new additions to Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX system.  In an effort to prevent this from being an “all Dell” blog, I’ve held off writing about these new additions until today.  In a quick summary, the new additions include: 2nd PERC, added support for VMware ESXi 5.5, added

Fixing HP BladeSystem Problems – Easy to Do

I’ll lift up the curtain and tell you I rely on Google Alerts to help me find blade server related topics to write about.  This is the best way for me to catch news, or topics that would otherwise be missed. 

IDC Reports Worldwide Blade Server Market Revenues Increase in Q4 2013

IDC came out with their Q4 2013 worldwide server market revenue report on February 27, 2014.  Unfortunately I missed the announcement due to email issues, so I’ve decided to streamline things and summarize the report.

Blade Server Comparisons – March 2014

This update includes blade servers with the Intel Xeon E5-4600 v2 CPU.  I’ll add the E7 v2 once they begin shipping (and I have some data).

Intel E5-4600 v2 CPU Announced

Intel announced the refresh of their 4 socket E5 line taking the CPU up to 12 cores, and 30MB of shared cache and supporting memory speeds up to 1866 MTS DDR3 DIMMs.                           I’ve updated the current blade server comparison list to include the