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
Happy Halloween! As new blade server content is lacking in the market, I thought I would wrap up this month with an updated list of blade server resources for Cisco, Dell, HPE and Lenovo 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
Since it is Thursday, I thought I’d do a throwback to the blog post that launched “BladesMadeSimple” from January of 2010. Enjoy! Continue reading
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
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.
The future points toward higher wattage CPUs. Does this point to an end for blade servers? In this blog post, I’ll examine some real world power examples that may give us a clue. Continue reading
In the midst of the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor launch and the slew of blade server announcements, HPE quietly announced their next edition to the HPE Synergy family – the Synergy 480 Gen10 Plus. Here’s what we know. Continue reading
(Updated 4.8.2021) Intel released the embargo on April 6, 2021 lifting the covers to the 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processor. As expected, blade server vendors are starting to release details of their offerings based on this new CPU announcement. Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project. This version includes Intel DC Persistent Memory (Optane).
In the absence of blade server news, I thought I’d take a look back at one of the coolest blade servers I’ve seen – the HP E5000 Messaging System, circa 2011. Let’s review why it was head of its time. Continue reading