Category Archives: Cisco

Available 4th Gen Intel Xeon CPUs by Blade Server Vendor

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new.  This is partly because blade server news has practically diminished; or I’m just getting really bad at finding “blog-worthy” content.  Either way, in this post, I thought it would be helpful to take to post a comparison of CPUs by blade server vendor. Continue reading

Cisco Announces UCS X210c M7 and UCS X410c M7 Blade Servers

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

Can You Run GPUs on Blade Servers?

In the past, a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was equated to a workload that was designing something, like building automobiles.  However, over the past few years, organizations have realized that GPUs have more value than utilization in Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML).  In fact, a large majority of recent GPU adoption revolved around utilization of GPUs with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).   As we look at a “modular infrastructure” (aka blade server) environments, having multiple servers within a small footprint is ideal for VDI.  In today’s blog post, I’m going to review what each blade server vendor offers for GPU options. Continue reading

Are Multi-Node Systems a Better Option Than Blade Servers?

Lately I’ve been having discussions around “futures” with customers and one topic continues to be over ongoing interest.  What will blade servers look like with the expectations of CPU TDPs continuing to increase?  Looking into the future, it’s very clear that CPUs are going to create an obstacle for blade server users.  TDPs are going to grow to the point where “air cooling” may not be sufficient for all workloads.  This will force blade server users to make a choice.  Continue reading

A Review of Blade Server Market Share

Every quarter IDC publishes market data for blade server vendors.  In the past I’ve only covered the top 4 main stream vendors, Cisco, Dell Technologies, HPE and Lenovo.  However, I recently came upon IDC’s full list of blade server vendors so I thought it would be good to share.

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It’s About Time Cisco – A Look At the Cisco UCS X9508 and UCS x210c M6

Well, it’s about fracken time, Cisco!  Today Cisco finally announced information about their next generation UCS chassis.  Here’s what you’re going to want to know. Continue reading