Network interface card partitioning (NPAR) allows users to minimize the implementation of physical Network interface cards (NICs) and separates Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) connections. NPAR improves bandwidth allocation, network traffic management, and utilization in virtualized and non-virtualized network environments. The number of physical servers may be fewer, but the demand for the NIC ports is more. This blog describes how to validate, enable, and configure NPAR on a Dell PowerEdge MX Platform through the server System Setup and the MX compute sled Server Templates within Dell Open Manage Enterprise – Modular (OME-M). Read the full blog here.
Dell has introduced two new products to enable 100GbE networking on the PowerEdge MX7000 blade server platform. These new additions will provide up to 400GbE per MX750c or MX760c blade server. Continue reading
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
As anyone knows, having a functional backup (and recovery) plan for your datacenter is vital to insuring data protection. While data protection of servers is a basic need, what about the infrastructure that supports it? In the blade server world, the infrastructure is the chassis, management and switches. In this post, I’ll discuss best practices for backing up the settings and configurations of the Dell PowerEdge MX7000 infrastructure. Continue reading
Today Dell Technologies announced the next generation of the PowerEdge blade server – the PowerEdge MX760c. In this blog post, I’ll highlight the details of this new blade server.
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
Now that VMware has released vSphere 8.0, I thought it would be interesting to gather up all of the blade servers that are certified as “vSphere Ready Nodes.” The results were quite shocking. 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
Kevin Houston is the founder of BladesMadeSimple.com. With over 24 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace Kevin has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware virtualization. He has worked at Dell Technologies since August 2011 and is a Principal Engineer supporting the East Enterprise Region and is also a CTO Ambassador for the Office of the CTO at Dell Technologies. #IWork4Dell
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