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Blade Server Comparison – June 2015

Below is the chart for the newest 4 socket blade servers based on the Intel Xeon E5-4600 v3.

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.

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. 

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.

Blade Server Comparisons – March 2015

It’s always good to have a single source of comparisons for the Tier 1 blade servers, so here is the updated list.  I realize that I should have posted this in December, but I guess it’s better late than never. 

Questions Answered About Dell’s 2nd PERC in VRTX

I had a reader email me with a few questions about Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX 2nd PERC, so I thought I’d write about it with the intent on helping others.  If you have other blade-related questions (whether Dell or not) let me know and I’ll see what I can find.

A First Look at Dell’s FX Architecture

Today Dell announced a new server architecture that combines characteristics of both rack servers and blade servers into a new architecture, known as PowerEdge FX.  Today I’ll give you a first look into the platform.  First off – according to Dell’s Product Development team, this platform was not designed to replace Dell’s blade server portfolio. 

Choosing the Right Memory for Your Blade Server

With the advancement of CPU architecture, identifying the best options for memory within your server has become more challenging.  Should you use a single DIMM or does multiple DIMMs make a difference?  What about memory speed – does it really matter?  Should you buy single rank (SR), dual rank (DR) or quad rank (QR) DIMMs. 

Introducing the Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server

With today’s announcement of the Intel E5-2600 v3, Cisco announced the UCS B200 M4 Blade Server.  Here’s a quick overview of it.

HP Announces the BladeSystem BL460c Gen 9

Today HP announced their next 2 socket blade server based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU, the BL460c Gen 9.   Here’s a quick summary of it.

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