This document is an overview of the architecture, features, and functionality of the PowerEdge MX networking infrastructure, including the steps for configuring and troubleshooting the PowerEdge MX networking switches in Full Switch and SmartFabric modes. Read the full deployment guide here.
A few weeks ago, there was a Dell blog post that provided an example of how to integrate Dell’s blade server platform running Dell’s SmartFabric Services with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI.) Here are some of the key takeaways from that blog post. Continue reading
Blade servers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their high density, scalability, and flexibility. A blade server is a type of server that houses multiple blade modules, which are essentially self-contained servers with their own processors, memory, and storage. These modules are installed vertically in a chassis that provides power, cooling, and connectivity. Continue reading
Network interface card partitioning (NPAR) allows users to minimize the implementation of physical Network interface cards (NICs) and separates Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) connections. NPAR improves bandwidth allocation, network traffic management, and utilization in virtualized and non-virtualized network environments. The number of physical servers may be fewer, but the demand for the NIC ports is more. This blog describes how to validate, enable, and configure NPAR on a Dell PowerEdge MX Platform through the server System Setup and the MX compute sled Server Templates within Dell Open Manage Enterprise – Modular (OME-M). Read the full blog here.
Dell has introduced two new products to enable 100GbE networking on the PowerEdge MX7000 blade server platform. These new additions will provide up to 400GbE per MX750c or MX760c blade server. Continue reading
I recently was reminded of the time I was left alone in a casino’s datacenter. It’s been nearly 13 years, so I thought I’d repost the article in its entirety. Enjoy. Continue reading
As anyone knows, having a functional backup (and recovery) plan for your datacenter is vital to insuring data protection. While data protection of servers is a basic need, what about the infrastructure that supports it? In the blade server world, the infrastructure is the chassis, management and switches. In this post, I’ll discuss best practices for backing up the settings and configurations of the Dell PowerEdge MX7000 infrastructure. Continue reading
Today Dell Technologies announced the next generation of the PowerEdge blade server – the PowerEdge MX760c. In this blog post, I’ll highlight the details of this new blade server.
As expected, I’m starting to see the blade server vendors unveil their next generations of product based in the 4th Generation Intel Xeon SP CPUs. It looks like Cisco was first to announce, as I haven’t seen any other blade server vendor announce. In today’s blog post, I’ll highlight what’s been released about Cisco’s latest announcements. Continue reading
Today Intel officially announced the 4th Generation Xeon CPU, formerly known as “Sapphire Rapids.” Here’s the list of all 47 CPU bins. Continue reading