2018 – Year in Review

This year, I’d like to do something I haven’t done since 2016.  I like to take a minute to review what was successful on my blog and share it with my readers.

Before I begin, I want to say thank you. Without you, the reader, I wouldn’t have a reason to continue this hobby – so thank you!  I’ve mentioned this in the past, but this blog is my personal hobby.  I don’t get any outside funds to help with the costs and I try to keep it as “neutral” as possible – not just focusing on Dell EMC (where I work).  I also don’t include all the blade vendors simply because it’s too hard to decipher the limited information in order to “make it simple” therefore I stick with what I can find about Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo.  

As of writing this post, I end the year with 104,638 hits in 2018.  My most visited month was October 2018 with 10,224 hits.  My least visited month was December with 4,438 hits.

Top 10 Blog Post Hits – 2018

#10  Understanding Dell’s Integrated Remote Management (2,241 hits; published March 2015)

#9  GPUs and Blade Servers – A Good Idea? (2,561 hits; published September 2016)

#8  What You Need to Know About Intel Xeon SP CPUs (2,636 hits; published July 2017)

#7  Blade Server Comparison – September 2017 (2,790 hits; published September 2018)

#6  A First Look at HPE Synergy Hardware (3,976 hits; published April 2016)

#5   A First Look at the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX (4,201 hits; published August 2018)

#4  Dell Network Daughter Card (NDC) and Network Partitioning (NPAR) Explained  (5,002 hits; published October 2011)

#3  A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX (5,059 hits; published May 2013)

#2  Dell EMC Introduces the PowerEdge MX (6,254 hits; published January 2018)

#1  Recommended Memory Configurations for Skylake CPU (9,517 hits; published August 2017)


Top 5 Hits – All Time

#5  Blade Chassis I/O Diagrams (23,439 hits; published July 2011)

#4  4 Socket Blade Servers Density; Vendor Comparison (24,997 hits; published March 2010)

#3 A First Look at Dell’s FX Architecture (25,231 hits; published November 2014)

#2  Dell Network Daughter Card (NDC) and Network Partitioning (NPAR) Explained  (34,526 hits; published October 2011)

#1   A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX (75,124 hits; published May 2013)


Top Blog Hits By Country – 2018

#5  Germany (2,991)

#4  Canada (3,127)

#3  India (5,489)

#2  United Kingdom (5,923)

#1  United States (45,529)


Again, thank you for your support.  I will continue to come up with ideas to write about in 2019, so please keep reading.  Happy New Year!



Kevin Houston - Founder, BladesMadeSimple.comKevin 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 since August 2011 working as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market from 2011 to 2017 and currently works as a Chief Technical Server Architect supporting the Central Region.  

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