Articles about Blade Servers

T Platforms GP Blade Chassis

Hairy situation? Blade servers can reach where others can't

Any follower of today's technology magazines will have heard a lot about Open Compute Project (OCP) servers. These are servers stripped down the bare minimum, crammed into a single chassis and managed centrally through software that provides high automation and data centre-scale orchestration. In an OCP world, cost reduction is …
Trevor Pott, 05 Dec 2014
HP ProLiant BL485c and BL685c Blades

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
Cisco_UCS_video_sep_2014

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

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
One of the images describing Microsoft's blade server design

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

VCE to use Quanta servers for new 'VxRacks'

EMC World 2015 VCE will today announce the “VxRack”, a rack-scale converged infrastructure product that will use Quanta servers. The company will reveal three VxRacks during the EMC World opening keynote. Model 1032 will be a choose-your-own hypervisor affair, with KVM, vSphere or bare metal options, plus EMC's ScaleIO to wrangle storage. EMC' …
Simon Sharwood, 04 May 2015
cloud

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 …
Fusion-io

Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro, …
Dell EqualLogic storage blade

Dell's blade data-centre-in-a-box 'much better than HP's'

Dell is now shipping an EqualLogic storage blade array, and claiming it is much better than HP's equivalent product. The idea is to converge blade form factor servers, storage and networking hardware inside a single rackmount enclosure or chassis that can be bought, installed and managed as a single system. This is easier to do …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2012

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Blocks and Files Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival? In June Cisco entered into an OEM deal with Fusion-io whereby the networking hardware titan would incorporate Fusion's ioDrive2 PCIe flash cards into its UCS B-Series blade servers. The aim is to …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012
cable

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 …

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

Fujitsu Integrated Systems stack up servers, storage, and switches

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu will roll out a bounty of new – and, of course, cloudy – hardware and software offerings next week at its annual customer and partner confab in Tokyo. Fujitsu was the first and only Microsoft Azure partner that got a public cloud puffed up based on the Windows stack and its own iron that is compatible …
Zombie rising from the grave

Cisco FREAKs out, starts epic OpenSSL bug-splat

Cisco admins will be watching and waiting for fixes, with the company announcing that many of its OpenSSL implementations are carrying a bunch of post-POODLE fleas. The Borg has been looking over its kit and software since the OpenSSL project disclosed a bunch of vulns in January, and on March 10 detailed the impacts it's …
Cisco 6324 fabric interconnect

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
Hadoop_elephant

Cisco wraps Hadoop in warm embrace of resale partnership

Cisco wants to keep it in the family: since the Internet of Things is going to be a source of lots of data, it's signed reseller agreements with Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR. The agreement will give customers a single source of IoT comms integrated with the data analytics it reckons enterprises will need, both to make sense of …
For Sale sign detail

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
LLNL's Sequoia BlueGene/Q super being assembled by IBM

IBM fuels up more Power7+ servers for impending launch

The details are a bit sketchy, but we can smell the hydrazine and it looks like IBM is getting ready to launch the next wave of Power7+ systems. Last week, in going over Big Blue's fourth quarter financial results, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge said that it planned to roll out more Power Systems servers based on the eight-core Power7 …
chart

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 …
channel

IBM tweaks rack and blade servers

Today is IBM's big storage announcement day, as we report elsewhere, but the company also tweaked a bunch of servers and associated switching options. The System x3250 M3 rack machine that is enhanced today, as well as the iDataPlex dx360 M3 rack-blade hybrid machine, were both announced back in the spring. But today they get …
Pure Storage array

Don't you forget about VCE... Cisco gets cosy with Pure Storage

Comment Not content with partnering with IBM and its storage to sell its UCS servers, Cisco is now doing a Flexpod-style dance with EMC’s arch flash array enemy Pure Storage. These recent shocks to the VCE alliance between EMC and Cisco must surely have contributed to Cisco’s tactical withdrawal and EMC’s taking of VCE in-house. Joe …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
The UCS C24 M3 rack server

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 …

Hitachi's flexible servers sport homegrown LPAR virtualization

Sometimes Hitachi and IBM are bitter enemies, as they were in the peak days of the mainframe market, and sometimes they are partners, as they have been with Hitachi making some entry mainframes for Big Blue in recent years while also reselling IBM's Power-based AIX servers in Japan. It looks like the two are working together on …
IBM logo

IBM forges NextScale servers for HPC and hyperscale cheapskates

IDF13 Concurrent with Intel's launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors in San Francisco today, Big Blue trotted out its most vanity-free machines to date, the NextScale line. The new systems are designed specifically to compete with low-cost, stripped down alternatives from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Silicon Graphics, and …
wheat_harvest_648

HDS conference product splurge sees it lining up for data harvest

With a cornucopia of announcements, HDS is extending its VSP high-end technology down range, as well as introducing new UCP models, a Hyper Scale-Out Platform and infrastructure management software tools. This full house of news was announced during the HDS Connect conference at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, with an ITaaS meme: …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
HP Apollo supercomputer

HP recruits Intel for Top 100 supercomputer push

Interview To the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, where we caught up with Bill Mannel, general manager of HP’s freshly minted HPC and Big Data group, a business unit within the server division. HP’s HPC and big data hardware revenues include blade servers and some Superdomes in the mix. But the company is …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jul 2015
fingers pointing at man

Cloudy servers shoot to the stratosphere

Building out cloudy server and storage services as well as support the gazillion of apps running on iOS and Android devices has the cloudy server business absolutely exploding, say the box-counters at market researcher iSuppli. In its just-released Compute Platforms (PDF) report, analysts Peter Lin and Matthew Wilkins say that …
SanDisk_updated_PCIe_flash_range_video

SanDisk goes nuclear with its Fusion flash card range

SanDisk has announced third-generation ioDrive PCIe and mezzanine flash cards, claiming up to a fourfold price performance improvement, with up to a 61 per cent list price reduction over the previous generation Fusion ioDrive 2/Atomic product. Fusion-io and its ioMemory technology was bought by SanDisk for $1.1bn in June last …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
IBM's Power 770+ server

IBM grafts old AIX 5.3 onto shiny new Power7+ servers

Big Blue stopped selling the venerable AIX 5.3 release of its Unix operating system nearly two years ago and pulled the plug on normal support nearly a year ago, but it lives on atop the new Power7+ servers that the company launched as 2012 came to a close. AIX 5.3, which was probably the most popular release of AIX in the …
arrow pointing up

Oracle punts carrier-grade Sparc T4 servers

Sun Microsystems used to be the dot in dot-com, and sold billions and billions of dollars of Sparc/Solaris gear during the first waves of the commercial Internet build out. While Oracle cannot repeat that history, because of the advent of the commodity x86 servers and commercial Linux distros, Oracle nonetheless can sell …
globalisation

Blade Network adds top-of-racker

Blade Network Technology has rolled out the RackSwitch G8052, a new addition to its top-of-rack switch lineup. Blade, the server networking spinout of the former Nortel Networks, got its start making switches for blade servers from IBM and Hewlett-Packard, and it has been expanding into rack switches because not everyone will …

Blade servers as told by the master

Meat Cast It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to a new age - the age of Semi-Coherent Computing. The audio selection below marks the first in what will hopefully be a long line of hardware-themed broadcasts. We'll be using Semi-Coherent Computing to explore the current state of data center affairs, cutting edge technology and …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jul 2007

Cisco may sell blade servers

A Cisco Systems executive has implied that Cisco might enter the blade server computing market and compete directly with Dell, HP and IBM, who all partner Cisco. Marie Hatter, Cisco's VP for network systems and security systems, did not deny that Cisco was entering the blade server market, instead saying: "If the blade server …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2008
The history of HP server innovation according to Enterprise Group GM Dave Donatelli

HP's 'historic' Project Moonshot servers aim at hyperscale future

HP didn't invent the rack-server business, but Compaq – the company it acquired more than a decade ago – did. HP can't buy its way into the next system era, which is why it is trying to create that era itself with its second-generation Project Moonshot servers. The initial "Redstone" Moonshot boxes were development machines …
Bride_to_bathouse

Pure Storage pushes all-flash array purification

Pure Storage is announcing a fresh all-flash array family with capacity and performance boosts, updated cloud and analytics-based support, as well as enhancing its upgradability business model. FlashArray//m is the hardware, Pure1 the cloud and analytics support facility, and Evergreen the upgraded upgradability scheme. Given …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2015

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet. FCoE involves linking all-flash arrays to accessing servers via Ethernet instead of a Fibre Channel fabric. Testers from the Evaluator Group, who carried out the study on behalf of Brocade, hooked …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
graph up

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, …
channel

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 …
channel

Cloudy servers find their niches

The cookie-sheet servers created by Google for its own use – recently commercialized by all the top-tier vendors in one form or another as hybrid rack-blade boxes – have become a sizeable and important part of the server business. In the third quarter ended in September, the box counters at IDC reckon that end users snapped up 2 …
The Group Hug microserver backplane from Open Compute

Facebook friends bash servers, storage, and racks into bits

Open Compute 2013 When you are the company the size of Facebook, you get to dictate the terms of your server acquisitions to your vendors, and a year and a half ago, the social network did a remarkable and unselfish thing and opened up the hardware specs for its first data center and the servers that were built to run in them as the Open Compute …
channel

HP readies next-gen servers for launch

Server juggernaut Hewlett-Packard is hosting a shindig in Las Vegas next week with the bigwigs in its server unit, and the speculation is that the company will preview its forthcoming ProLiant G8 servers sporting Intel's "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors. The invite to the event, which is being hosted at The Cosmopolitan on …
The Lengberg compared with a 1950's longline bra. Pic: University of Innsbruck

Violin offers pay-as-you-GROW pricing on its Flashing WFA blades

The recovering one-time all-flash array market leader Violin Memory has announced a pay-as-you-grow pricing model and four extra Windows Flash Array (WFA) configs. Violin’s WFA is a 6000-series product running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on its two blade servers, which connects to an SQL Server 2014 box and provides fast …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

Blade Network kicks RackSwitches up to 40 Gigabits

Blade Network Technologies kicked off the inevitable move toward 40 Gigabit Ethernet data-center networking on Thursday, rolling out the first 40 Gigabit switches aimed specifically at enterprises and their relatively flat networks. With the RackSwitch G8264, Blade Network throws down the gauntlet to its competitors, claiming a …
data_centre

Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

Somewhere in very rural northeast China lies a dusty and dirty factory where the deafening roar of machinery leaks from an armada of Bitcoin mining rigs. Inside a secret north china bitcoin mine. Copyright Jacob Smith (Bitsmith) @ The Coinsman - used with permission Inside the secret north China Bitcoin mine. Copyright Jacob …
Darren Pauli, 12 Aug 2014
globalisation

Nortel spin-out preps FCoE switches for blade servers

Blade Network Technologies - the spinout from Canadian telecom giant Nortel that has built a nice little business supplying switches for blade servers - is today at the Interop extravaganza in Las Vegas showing off the Fibre Channel over Ethernet converged switches that will eventually be resold by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and …

Violin thrusts vSphere into flash arrays, turns them into servers

Flash array vendor Violin Memory is turning is all-flash arrays into virtualised servers by embedding vSphere in them. It has agreed an OEM deal with VMware to run vSphere inside its arrays. Violin's top-end array is the 6616, which uses fast single level cell (SLC) flash with 16TB of raw capacity, 12TB usable, and has two x86 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2012
cloud

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 …
channel

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 …
T Platforms GP Blade Chassis

Why blades need enterprise management software: Learn from Trev's hardcore lab tests

The value of enterprise management associated with modern blades has been made apparent to me. At the same time, I understand the value that "unblade" systems, such as the Supermicro Twin series or Open Compute systems, can bring. Cost, and what you plan to do with the things, are, as always, the determinant, but there are no …
Trevor Pott, 08 Dec 2014
channel

Oracle sneaks out carrier grade Sparc blade, Xeon rack

Oracle has hardened up the Sun Blade 6000 blade server to support telcos and other service providers, creating the Sun Netra 6000 chassis and its companion Netra T6340 blade server, based on the current Sparc T2+ processors designed by Sun and made by Texas Instruments. Oracle has been a pretty quiet server vendor since …