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Helpful Blade Server Links (Updated)

Here is a list of blade-related websites that may help you find more information about blade servers.  Since vendors tend to move their sites without notice if you find a dead link, please let me know.  If you have other sites that you think are worthy to remember, email me at “kevin AT”.
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2019 – Year in Review

As we wrap up this decade, I wanted to take the time to say thank you.  While I created this blog to help me create a repository of blade server information, this blog has grown to provide (hopefully) valuable information to you.  In reality, without you I wouldn’t have a reason to continue writing on this blog– so thank you!  As you may know, this blog is my personal hobby.  I do not seek nor receive outside funds to help with the costs, I do it for enjoyment.  My biggest challenge continues to coming up with content that is not specific to one vendor.  As we move into the new year, I hope you will reach out to me if you come up with ideas of blade server topics you’d like to see.  Enough of this – let’s take a look at what was hot in 2019.

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Looking for Topics

I need your help. I try to post something each month to keep the site fresh, but I’m struggling for useable content in this period where no new blade server products are being announced. If you have content or ideas that you’d like to see, please let me know via email, Twitter or comments below.

Thanks for your continued support.

A New Look

If you are wondering what is new about besides my recent announcement – the answer is the site’s look.  Hopefully you will find the new look easier to navigate than the previous theme, but if you find any issues, please let me know at bladesmadesimple AT

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Change is Coming

Change is coming to  I created this site out of my passion for the blade server technology in late 2009.  Over the years, I have worked toward creating a site that can be a repository for blade server news and information.  The site has been my hobby and I have put hours of effort into creating content without receiving a single penny from outside advertising (although I have been on several invitation-only blogger events.) One of the things I worked hard for was to be a neutral voice, not leaning toward any one hardware vendor, but that’s where the change is coming. Continue reading

Keep Up with HP Announcements at HP Discover

This week HP has its annual event, called HP Discover, in Las Vegas.  Previously this event was focused on hardware only and was called HP Tech Forum, but this year HP combined hardware and software into one uber event, called HP Discover.  If you are familiar with VMware’s VMworld – this event is very similar, only it focuses on HP products.  This is a great marketing event for HP but more importantly, it gives HP customers, partners and press insight into what’s happening with HP.

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Happy Memorial Day

I wanted to take time with today’s post to step outside the world of blade servers and say a few words about Memorial Day.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Memorial Day, it is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May created to commemorate U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.  Over the past few years, Americans have used Memorial Day to not only remember those servicemen who have lost their lives, but also to remember those who are still serving in the U.S. Military. 

Only a few people know, but I went to college at North Georgia College, a senior military school in the mountains of North Georgia.  Before entering school, I signed up to serve in the Army National Guard‘s 48th Brigade 1/108th Armor Unit for six years.  Little did I know that my National Guard unit was going to be one of the first units activated during my Sophomore year of college for the first conflict, Desert Shield (which later became Desert Storm.)  While we were fortune enough not to be deployed overseas, I spent 3 months of my life as a Army soldier, preparing to support our battle overseas.  I became close friends with dozens of guys who went on to commission as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Today, many of my friends from college are serving as high rank officers in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.  They leave their families to spend years fighting for my freedom as an American, knowing that each day could be their last.  So, today I want to take time to thank those United States soldiers who are currently serving in the U.S. Military as well as those thousands of Americans who have given their lives over the years.  Thank you!  You are our heroes.

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Blade Announcements Coming – Tuesday, APRIL 5

It’s no surprise, but one of the chip manufacturers will be releasing their next generation of multi-socket CPUs Tuesday.  As expected, at least one vendor will be announcing on the same day some blade announcements.  SO – check back here on Tuesday (mid-day) to find out what’s new.

(no this isn’t an April Fool’s joke)