Articles about Blade Server

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Blade runner: Cisco ups its UCS server game

Cisco has refreshed its UCS server line, updating existing blade and rack products and adding in modular servers for scale-out servers and mini-servers for enterprise-edge situations like remote and branch offices. It quotes a May 2014 Server Tracker report by IDC, which declared Cisco the leading provider of X86 blade servers …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2014
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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”. The patent, published last December, offers a chassis design that assumes blades – storage, compute, network switch and hybrid blades all get a mention – will reside in trays and be inserted horizontally. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
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A brief history of BLADE SERVERS: From the Big Bang to the, er, 'unblade'

Nowadays we take blade servers for granted, but a lot of moving parts had to come together for us to get where we are today. Tracing their history can help us make better judgments about how the technologies of tomorrow will evolve. The development of VMEbus architecture in about 1981 was perhaps the beginning of technological …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2014

Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

Keeping servers cool is a challenge, even in a purpose-built data centre. Imagine for a moment the difficulty of doing so as part of an oil pipeline in the Australian outback, or as part of a military command post in the deserts of Afghanistan. I can tell you from experience that cooling is a serious issue even during a Canadian …
Trevor Pott, 12 Dec 2014
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Dell has rapier-thin blade server in the works

Dell is pushing the lower limits of blade servers up against microservers. As El Reg has already told you in detail, Dell this week is previewing its PowerEdge 12G family of servers. The company divulged six different machines – one blade, one tower, three racks, and a cloudy box – but as it turns out, there is at least one more …
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HP test pilots fly secret four-socket Xeon E5 blade in public

Hewlett-Packard has yet to announce a blade server based on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processors for four-socket servers - but that hasn't stopped it bragging about their performance. In an article on its website, HP let the cat out of the bag that it was working on the ProLiant BL660c Gen8 blade server, which is a full-height …
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IBM to snuff last Cell blade server

IBM has announced that supporters of IBM's "Cell" family of PowerXCell multicore processors have only another six months to buy more blade servers to build up their systems. January 6, 2012 will be the last day that the BladeCenter QS22 blade servers, the last of three different Cell-based machines, will be available from Big …
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Cisco recalls suicidal UCS blade servers

Cisco Systems warns that its high-end B440 blades for its "California" Unified Computing System have a potentially disastrous defect that could result in one or more board failures, and emit a flash of light that could perhaps give system administrators heart attacks. Last week, Cisco put out a field notice to customers using …

We saw you admire that rack: UK server sales are finally recovering

Crack open the champers, suppliers - the UK server market actually GREW in Q2, ending five consecutive quarters of misery for those left brushing the dust off their systems. Factory revenues went up four per cent in calendar Q2 to $501m as legacy systems rebounded due to increased project work that followed mainframe product …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2013

Only the Chinese can save us now, trill server vendors

HP put more distance between itself and global server rivals in Q4 amid a mini recovery in shipments, mostly driven by demand from internet companies and the mega mobile network carriers in China. And it was even more apparent looking at the quarterly numbers why IBM quit the Intel-based system space and pushed its division into …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014
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HP mashes up ProLiant, Integrity, BladeSystem, and Moonshot server businesses

It's a time of transition in the systems business. And HP, the world's largest server maker in terms of volumes and possibly soon (again) in terms of sales if IBM doesn't stop the decline in mainframe and Power system sales or sells off its x86 server biz to Lenovo, is tweaking its server units and the executives who run them. …
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Server sales continue decline – time to bargain hard with your supplier

These are not easy days to be a server maker – and it very likely it'll never be easy again, so we had better get used to it. In the short run, there has probably not been a better time to wrestle with your server vendors on price since the dot-com bust. That said, the confluence of many factors is putting tremendous pressure on …
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

Server racket 'challenging' in Q1, says IDC

It is not a fun time to be peddling servers, but it is probably a great time to be buying them, according to the box-counting wizards at IDC. Both server revenues and shipments were down in the first quarter, marking the fifth of the past six quarters where revenues took a dip. There are so many different kinds of transitions …

Dell crams modular hybrid server and storage switch into 1U pizza box

One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular …
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The Perez Peregrination: Invicta and the move to Dell

Comment The background to the peregrination of Paul Perez from Cisco to Dell throws up some interesting points related to the depressing setback of Cisco’s Invicta flash array program. Perez moved from being the VP and general manager of computing systems at Cisco, Mr UCS server in other words, to become the chief technology officer for …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2015
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IBM to ship GPU blade server in December

SC10 If you want to sell supercomputers these days, you need to have a GPU story to tell. And Big Blue has been telling a story about a blade server for GPUs for the past several months, but unfortunately it doesn't actually have the product ready. However, in about a month this BladeCenter GPU expansion blade is coming to market, …
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Dell flashes 40GE blade switch, fabric manager

The engineers who used to work at the formerly independent Force 10 have forged the first 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch for new owner Dell's PowerEdge M1000e blade server chassis. If you sell servers, storage, and networking, you are arguably a system maker these days, and that is one of the reasons why Dell bought Force 10 …
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EMEA server market struggles to find its footing

The austerity in Europe over the past several years is taking its toll on the server makers of the world and the companies in the region that most assuredly would love to be spending lots of dough on new software projects and the iron to support it. But they're not – and it's not just Western Europe that's putting a drag on the …
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Cisco to reveal UCS for small businesses

Cisco has quietly released details of a new version of its UCS servers and associated kit dubbed the UCS Mini”. Detailed by blogger Justin Paul and described in several Cisco documents, the new UCS also gets its very own version 3.0 of Cisco UCS manager. That package runs on a new piece of kit, the 6324 Fabric Interconnect, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014

Worldwide server sales head south as shipments put on ice

The server market took a bit of a breather again in the second quarter ended in June, say the box counters at IDC. It's not a surprise, with a number of Unix vendors getting ready to launch new boxes, IBM not yet shipping its new System zEC12 mainframes announced this week, and Hewlett-Packard's Integrity Itanium servers still …
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Cisco bends UCS rack and blade metal around new Xeon E5s

Server upstart Cisco Systems has updated its B-Series blade servers and C-Series rack servers in the "California" Unified Computing System line, bringing itself on par with the latest Xeon E5 machines available from rivals HP, Dell, and IBM. Like the past two generations of UCS machines, Cisco's now fleshed-out third generation …
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IBM pares down Power7 blade server

One of the blade servers using IBM's new Power7 processors got lost in the shuffle last week. The single-socket Power Systems 701 and the dual-socket, double-wide Power Systems 702 were launched together, but there was another baby blade in a separate announcement, the Power Systems 700. While the PS701 and PS702 blades have …
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IBM freshens cut-rate blade server

It may be hard to imagine why, but some customers who buy blade servers don't want the fastest x64 processors they can get their hands on. They may not be virtualizing the blades, and they may only be running simple print, file, and Web infrastructure workloads. Therefore don't need lots of memory or even two processor sockets. …
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Cisco blends server with a twist of flash, tastes benchmark glory

A server's job is to run applications as fast as it can, and it looks like flash memory is becoming an essential ingredient in the race for speed. Server-maker Cisco has just bagged a VMmark benchmark for doing just that – in its case using networked Violin Memory flash storage – paving the way to all performance-focused servers …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012
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IBM kills off second-gen Cell blade server

IBM has killed off its QS21 two-socket Cell blade server, the second generation of Cell blades sold by IBM, which were announced in August 2007. The move comes several weeks after IBM murdered a future Cell-based blade server, the QSZ2, that would have given Nvidia's Tesla and Fermi as well as Advanced Micro Devices' FireStream …

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …
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IBM beefs blade server networks

As networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems last month hinted it would do, the company has launched a variant of its Nexus switch that can be tucked up inside of another server maker's blade servers. In this case, IBM has kissed and made up (sort of) with Cisco and is the first customer for the Nexus 4000 switch, which …
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NetApp whips out a blade

Know what a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) is? Sure, it's the HP LeftHand VSA that turns direct-attached server storage into a SAN. Did you know NetApp has one? Thought not. Well, it does. primergySX960si Big green storage machine Fujitsu Technology Solutions has a PRIMERGY BX400 blade server, a so-called green data centre …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2010
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Proprietary tech will dull blade server growth

While gazing into its crystal ball, Gartner has reached a spectacular conclusion about the future of the blade server market: Proprietary hardware is a pain in the ass. The analyst house warns that although it expects blade servers to continue selling gangbusters for the next five years, a combination of rapid advancements in …
Austin Modine, 01 Aug 2008
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Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup

Server giant and networking player Hewlett-Packard and networking giant and server player Cisco seem to have buried the hatchet. Admittedly, it is a pretty small hatchet and they are still brandishing pikes pointed at each other's guts. But they are not fighting. That's because there are plenty of customers that have HP for …

HP yanks 2-week-old VMware server crown from Cisco

Hard on the heels of Cisco bragging about a flash-assisted VMmark win, HP has kicked it into touch with a better score using a flash-boosted ProLiant server. VMware's VMmark benchmark measures how a server runs simultaneous VMware virtual machines (VMs) which, in turn, run typical business applications. The VMs are grouped into …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012
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IDC: A year of server revenue declines

Server unit shipments may have increased for eleven out of the past twelve quarters, but what matters more are revenues and profits – and according to IDC, the world's server makers have endured their fourth successive quarter of revenue declines in the period ending in September. The IDC box counters reckon that 2.1 million …

IBM Information Server Blade tackles data integration

IBM is cooking up a server blade that combines grid computing and virtualization to aid consolidating massive amounts of information across a business. The appliance, revealed at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, is dubbed the IBM Information Server Blade. The appliance is a marriage between the IBM BladeCenter HS21 servers running …
Austin Modine, 09 Aug 2007

Blade servers 101

How are blade servers different from their rack-mounted counterparts? The blade server trend started about ten years ago when RLX launched its system of servers built into a chassis that slotted into standard 19-inch racks. The idea is that you can install a blade server or any other type of device that would fit into a server …
Manek Dubash, 22 Jun 2011
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Blade server standards coming this year

A standard to which no big vendors adhere is as intimidating as a tiger with its teeth and claws removed. And so it might be with the standards for blade servers that the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) forum is trying to get into the field. Since the advent of commercial blade servers at the turn of the millennium, …

Dell's new blade server takes M1000e moniker

Dell will release its new M1000e blade server chassis "in the next few weeks," according to information obtained by The Register. The Texas-based hardware maker has long threatened to reenter the blade server game with a more competitive product. And now we learn that it's already reaching out to customers with the M1000e – a …
Ashlee Vance, 09 Oct 2007
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IBM tweaks blade and network gear

IBM this week made good on its promise of delivering another appliance server for the blade chassis bolt-on for its System zEnterprise 196 mainframe, while also slapping some labels and new prices on the top-of-rack switches that it controls through last year's acquisition of Blade Network Technologies. IBM is also offering a …
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Fujitsu sharpens blade server

Fujitsu Computer Systems flashed its latest energy-efficient, better I/O performance blade server and chassis in the hope of cutting customers loose from market leaders HP and IBM. The Primergy two-socket BX620 S4 server comes loaded with either Intel's dual or quad-core Xeon processors. The chassis (BX600 S3) features a new …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2007
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Dell sharpens four-socket Opteron blade

It has been more than a year since Advanced Micro Devices got its "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors to market, and server makers are still rolling out new form factors of machines that make use of the twelve-core x64 chips. It's Dell's turn, with a hefty four-socket blade that packs the kind of memory expansion hypervisors …
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Pricey mainframes, hyperscale boxes boost Q4 server sales

For the first time in five quarters, the server business saw an uptick in revenues in the final quarter of 2012, mostly thanks to burgeoning sales of dense boxes used by hyperscale web operators and a sharp appetite in IBM's mainframe shops for its new System zEnterprise EC12 boxes. Windows and Linux boxes (about half of the …
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Dell cranks vStart virty server stacks to 1000

Updated With new servers, switches, and storage arrays in the field, the next thing that a modern IT supplier needs to do is create converged system stacks based on that new iron, focusing on the hardware and pitching the benefits of having everything pre-integrated. Dell is hosting its Storage Forum in Boston, Massachusetts, Microsoft …
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IBM eats Blade Network for switches

Sam Palmisano got out the Big Blue check book once again this morning and wrote out what was reportedly a $400m check to the owners of privately held Blade Network Technologies. For a company whose chief executive officer and chairman has slammed rival Hewlett-Packard over its inability to invest in its own innovation, IBM is …
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HP launches siamese-twin server blade

Hewlett-Packard has devised a siamese-twin CPU server blade for those monstrous data centers with nowhere to spread out. HP pitches its new ProLiant BL2x220c G5 as the first blade with two independent servers combined into a single blade enclosure. The twofer is intended for large "scale-out" operations that require massive …
Austin Modine, 28 May 2008
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Fujitsu shoots low with BX400 baby blade box

Hewlett-Packard and IBM have been selling baby blade boxes suitable for office environments for the past couple of years, and now Fujitsu is chasing SMB shops with its own BX400 blade server chassis. The company is also chasing what it calls "very small businesses," hopefully not to be immortalized with the VSB abbreviation any …

Clouds push Linux server sales in Q4

For hyperscale data center operators, the server is the business and there is no such thing as deferring purchases of new gear so long as there is growing customer demand for information. And not surprisingly, in the fourth quarter of this year, sales of density-optimized servers, as the box counters at IDC are now calling the …
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Blade server systems - back to the old school?

Comment What do you call a large and integrated piece of hardware and software that runs hundreds of virtual machines running Linux? That's easy, it's an IBM mainframe. But hang on, it could be a blade server system running VMware. What's the difference? Interestingly, both systems look like big racks with lots of shelves. The mainframe …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2009
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Cisco teases UCS refresh with most of 2014's best buzzwords

September starts next week, and so does the season for flashy mega-launches by huge silicon valley concerns. Apple will get around to doing one in the second week of the month, but Cisco has decided to go first by letting it be known there'll be a new range of its UCS servers announced next week. The Borg has already dribbled …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
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Blade servers are hot!

Whitepapers Against a backdrop of awful server revenues and shipments, Blade server sales continue to grow, accounting for 20 per cent of server shipments today, according to the industry body Blade.org. The blade server is the 'pile 'em high , sell 'em cheap' box du jour for all those penguin-killing data centres popping up …
Team Register, 04 Nov 2009
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Disk shortages stall Q4 server sales (a bit)

Considering the challenges that the server biz has faced in recent months, global server shipments have remained relatively healthy, with revenues impacted mostly by declining IBM mainframe sales. Server shipments in the final quarter of 2011 were adversely impacted by the disk drive shortages from the flooding in Thailand, …

Dell conjures magic SD card for virtualizing blade server I/O

HP and IBM have some super fancy technology for virtualizing the I/O of their blade systems, and they sell it for thousands of dollars. Dell now has something similar - an SD card that it sells for $499 a pop. Texas-blessed Dell last week started shipping FlexAddress, which is "enabled by a special SD card." By "enabled" and " …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Jul 2008