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Dell vs Cisco – New Tolly Report (updated)

UPDATED – Tolly Enterprises recently published a new Tolly Report comparing Dell PowerEdge FX2 with Cisco UCS showing results favoring Dell.  The 17 page document provides background on each of the product architectures and tests them in four test cases. 

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

HP Introduces M.2 SSDs for Blade Servers

HP recently announced the industry’s first M.2 SSD for blade servers.  If you’re not familiar with M.2 (pronounced M dot 2), it’s a small form factor card and connector supporting applications such as Wi-Fi, WWAN, USB, PCIe & SATA seen mostly in desktop / laptop systems.  Adoption of this form factor in Tier 1 vendors is slow

5 Modes of the Dell FN IO Module

Dell’s FN I/O Modules (FN IOMs) are integrated devices that sit in the rear of the FX2 chassis and behave like traditional network switches.  The FN IOMs provide 8 x 10GbE internal ports to the connected server nodes while offering 4 x 10GbE external links for upstream connectivity.  What makes the FN I/O Module unique is

How To Back Up the Dell FlexAddress

If you own a Dell blade chassis, you are probably familiar with the FlexAddress feature however you have probably not wondered how to back it up – something that is well documented.  Fortunately a few of my Dell peers have put together the steps for a definitive backup method.

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

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.

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