2016 – Year in Review

As I wrap up my 7th year with this blog I wanted to take a minute to pause and say thank you.  Without your interest in this blog post, I don’t think I would have stuck with it.  I appreciate your ideas and your feedback / comments, even if I may not like what you say.  As my final post of the year, I thought I would provide you with some insights on what was popular, what has been searched on, etc.  If you don’t see something you’d like to know about, let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for your continued interest, and Happy New Year!

Number of hits in 2016: 150,770 (down 2,000 from last year)

Total unique visitors: 80,871

Average Monthly hits: 12,564

Most Visited Blog Posts:

  1. A Detailed Look at PowerEdge VRTX – 11,362 hits
  2. Gartner Releases New Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers – 8,317 hits
  3. A First Look at Dell’s FX Architecture – 6,632 hits
  4. Dell Network Daughter Card (NDC) and Network Partitionining (NPAR) Explained – 6,503 hits
  5. Understanding Dell’s Integrated Remote Management – 5,432 hits

Most Views by Country*:

  1. United States – 47,995
  2. India – 7,754
  3. United Kingdom – 7,346
  4. France – 4,258
  5. Canada – 3,859

*187 total countries reported to have hit the site in 2015

Top Search Words:

  • network daughter card
  • blade servers vs rack servers
  • what is a network daughter card
  • dell vrtx
  • blade server comparison
  • blades made simple
  • dell fx2 fd332
  • hp c9000
  • dell fx2

Top Referrers:

  • Google Search
  • Google Image Search
  • Bing
  • Stackoverflow.com
  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • en.community.dell.com
  • Twitter

Total Revenue Collected by Advertising: $0
(BladesMadeSimple is funded 100% by me with no external contributions.)


Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com. He has over 20 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace. Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization. Kevin has worked at Dell EMC as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market since August 2011.

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