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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I recently was asked, am I seeing server vendors exiting the blade server market? If so, what are they selling in place of blades? Honestly, I was surprised by the question. The only whisper of any exits from the blade market were stirred up last year with the rumors of Cisco exiting. I address that in this post, but I wanted to see if there was any validity into what was being asked, so I dug around. I was surprised by what I found. Continue reading →
As an Enterprise sales server technologist for Dell Technologies, one of the questions I get quite often is “why should I consider PowerEdge MX?” It is a great question especially since all of the top blade server vendor offerings have their advantages. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the top 3 key differentiators the PowerEdge MX blade portfolio has to offer. 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).
If you are using Dell blade servers, I may have a little known resource that could help you. Ever heard of the “PowerEdge MX I/O Guide?” If not, I’m not surprised. It was primarily used as an internal resource, but now it’s available to the public. Continue reading →
One of my tasks as Chief Technology Architect at Dell is to talk with customers about future technologies. When I reflect on my past vision of where the blade server is heading (“The Blade Server of the Future“) I’m surprised at how close we are to that vision becoming a reality. Based upon where we are heading, the blade server format could be the perfect model for the future datacenter, so let me explain why. Continue reading →
I recently had some discussions with a customer looking to connect a Dell EMC PowerEdge M1000e to a Cisco Nexus and I was quite surprised at the number of resources available to assist in the project. Below you will find links to the documents I found with the hope it will help you out in the near future.
A new finding from the Dell EMC PowerEdge Engineering identified the Dell EMC PowerEdge M630 blade server as being more efficient and offering lower energy costs than the HPE ProLiant BL460 Gen 9. Continue reading →