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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. 

A First Look at the Dell PowerEdge M630

The PowerEdge M630, Dell’s newest blade server based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 was announced today.  Although specifics haven’t been officially posted on Dell’s website, a video releasing some highlights of the newest member to the PowerEdge family was found on YouTube by Gartner Analyst,  @Daniel_Bowers, so here is a quick look at it.

IDC Worldwide Server Tracker – Q2 2014 Released

The Q2 2014  IDC Worldwide Server Tracker was released on August 26, 2014 and it reported that the demand for x86 servers improved in 2Q14 with revenues increasing 7.8% year over year in the quarter to $9.8 billion worldwide as unit shipments increased 1.5% to 2.2 million servers. HP led the market with 29.6% revenue share

Why Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX is Ideal for Virtualization

I recently had a customer looking for 32 Ethernet ports on a 4 server system to drive a virtualization platform.  At 8 x 1GbE per compute node, this was a typical VMware virtualization platform (they had not moved to 10GbE yet) but it’s not an easy task to perform on blade servers – however the

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.

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

Blade Server Comparisons – Feb 2014

  This update includes blade servers with the Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 CPU.  I’ll add the E7 v2 once they begin shipping (and I have some data).       Link: BladesMadeSimple_BladeServer_Comparison_updated2.26.14   Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 17 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since

Is Microsoft Planning On Releasing a Blade Server?

A recent patent search shows an application by Microsoft on December 19, 2013 for a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server” hinting that Microsoft may be ready to get into the server hardware market. 

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

Comparison of x86 Blade Servers

(UPDATED 11.5.2013) I often find myself seeking basic information for competitive blade servers, so I decided to sit down and put together a basic list of blade server details for Cisco, Dell, HP and IBM blade servers. The details provided are based on information publicly available and may be subject to errors.