This document is an overview of the architecture, features, and functionality of the PowerEdge MX networking infrastructure, including the steps for configuring and troubleshooting the PowerEdge MX networking switches in Full Switch and SmartFabric modes. Read the full deployment guide here.
Blade servers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their high density, scalability, and flexibility. A blade server is a type of server that houses multiple blade modules, which are essentially self-contained servers with their own processors, memory, and storage. These modules are installed vertically in a chassis that provides power, cooling, and connectivity. Continue reading
Today Intel officially announced the 4th Generation Xeon CPU, formerly known as “Sapphire Rapids.” Here’s the list of all 47 CPU bins. Continue reading
As my final blog post of the year, I always like taking a look into my 2022 metrics. It’s fun to see what people search for, and where they come from, so here’s what I found. Before I begin, let me say thank you! I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to read this simple little blog on blade servers. While I’d love to be the next ServeTheHome, I’m happy with continuing to provide blade server news as my little hobby. Continue reading
It should be no surprise that the popularity of accelerators in the datacenter continues to grow. In years past, I’ve written a few blog posts on the GPU options for blade servers, but at that time, the options were limited to either small GPUs like the NVIDIA T4 or mezzanine based GPUs. Now the solutions that are available really open up some great options of using GPUs on blade servers. Dell Technologies and Liqid have worked together to provide a way to provide multiple GPUs to blade servers using concepts that we won’t see in the market for another few years, so take a few minutes to learn more. Continue reading
In this day and age, 99% of datacenter environments are virtualized, however a fraction of those environments are using virtualized storage, aka “vSAN”. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the full 1000+ page list of VMware vSAN Ready Nodes and deduct all non blade server systems. In this post, I’ll be highlighting only blade server vSAN Ready Nodes. 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
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 bladesmadesimple.com”.
One very important consideration for choosing your blade server is the type of embedded management license you need. I’ve seen organizations attempt to save money by going with the low end license offering for systems management only to find out it doesn’t include a crucial feature. One such feature is the ability to see trends and get early warnings from a server before it alerts. In this blog post I’m going to talk about the iDRAC license options for Dell EMC blade servers including a comparison of the different license versions and why you may want them.