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Worldwide Server Market Revenues Increase 4.8% in Third Quarter

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 3, 2014 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 4.8% year over year to $12.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14).

eHarmony Continues to Grow – Thanks to Cisco UCS

A recent article from Gigaoam.com revealed that dating site, eHarmony, is becoming more technologically innovative, thanks in part to new technologies like OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark and Docker.  

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. 

POLL Results: How Many NICs Do You Use for Virtualization on Your Blade Servers?

Last month I ran a poll asking “how many NICs do you use for virtualization on your blade servers” and the results may surprise you.

A Look at the Cisco UCS M-Series

On September 4th, Cisco released a new line of modular servers under the UCS family known at the M-Series.  Interesting enough, though, Cisco’s not calling the new servers “blade servers” but instead they are taking a play out of HP’s Moonshot playbook and calling them “cartridges.”   The M-Series won’t be available until Q4 of this year,

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.

Is This The End of IBM Blade Servers?

Today news of IBM’s proposed selling of the “low-end” x86 business to Lenovo was announced, so does this mean the end of Big Blue blade servers?

Blade Servers Preferred Over Rack Servers (Based on Q3 2013 Report by TBR)

In October, Technology Business Research (TBR) released a report titled, “Corporate IT Buying Behavior & Customer Satisfaction Study x86-based Servers” in which they discussed several topics around customer satisfaction such as Sales and Setup, Server Hardware and Service and Support.  Although the report (linked below) is 109 pages, below are a couple of key topics

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.

Intel E5 2600 v2 vSphere Compatibility

One of the first questions I’ve received when I started discussing the new Intel E5 2600 v2 CPU is “will it work with my existing blade server VMware clusters?”  The sales answer is YES, of course.  The real answer is, it depends. 

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