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Blade Server Comparison – June 2016

With the recent release of the Intel Xeon E5 v4 CPUs, I realized it’s been a year since I’ve updated my blade server comparison chart.  Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project.  

New Study Shows Dell Blades Outperform Cisco UCS

A newly published study by Principled Technologies reports in tests that the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade environment delivered up to 91.7% greater throughput while running a virtualized OLTP database workload compared to a similarly priced Cisco UCS 5108 blade environment.  In addition they found that the Dell environment delivered consistent scaling as blade servers were added

Dell’s VRTX Gains New Storage Option

As I speak with customers about the Dell PowerEdge VRTX, one of the limits that often gets brought up is the fact that it”only” has 25 x 2.5″ or 12 x 3.5″ drive bays.  That is no longer the case.  In a quiet release in December, Dell began offering an extra option for VRTX which allows

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Dell Blade Servers

Recently I’ve had to do a lot of “why Dell” presentations and it occurred to me there are a few things about Dell blade servers that many people, including Dell customers, may not know about.  

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. 

IDC Worldwide Server Tracker Shows 5.1% Growth in Q3 2015

IDC published their Q3 2015 findings last week, and the results were overall positive.  In year over year revenues, the worldwide server market saw revenues increase of 5.1%, or $13.4 billion, the sixth consecutive quarter of growth while shipments grew 4.5%, or 2.49 million units.  Specific to blade servers, IDC reported Dell’s blade server revenue grew

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

IDC Reports Rising Blade Market Share in 2Q15

IDC released their Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker yesterday and reported an overall 6.1% year over year (YoY) growth in servers.  IDC had very little mentions about blade server market but reported the following:

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

Dell Blade Chassis I/O Module Guide

If you are looking for the I/O Connectivity Options for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure, look no further. 

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