[THIN] RE: [THIN] Re: OT: Blade Servers

  • From: Evan Mann <emann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:02:13 -0400

Are you using OpenManage or 3rd party for management? I've never been
impressed with OpenManage for non-Blade servers, but I'd imagine the
Blade variant is much different.


From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Rusty Yates
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 12:56 PM
To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [THIN] Re: OT: Blade Servers

In our environment we are running the Dell 1855 Blades and haven't run
into any problems.  Next year we will buy the 1955 models.  

On 9/19/06, Evan Mann <emann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 

        It looks like I'm going to be moving into the land of Blade
servers.  We're a Dell shop, so Dell 1955's are what is being looked at
right now. I want to put together a host list of key items to make sure
these things have/support.  Memory backed RAID cache and power issues
are the only thing I have on the list now, since that was the main
issues I've seen come across the list.  Obviously, management of the
blade chassis is important.
        If it's useful, here is what we are planning to do with the
        There is no intention of moving our Citrix farm to blades, but
we are deploying a new business level app using VMWare ESX3.  This new
app will utilize web servers and SQL servers.  The web farms will be in
ESX and will utilize an application load balancer, the SQL servers
(starting with 1) will likely not be in ESX, but that is undecided.
        We will have a fiber connected SAN as well, but the plan isn't
to boot off the SAN (right now at least).  It is unknown if we will
connect the entire blade chassis to the SAN, or servers individually. It
depends on the cost of the fiber switches.
        We are doing a lot of server consolidation as well to 2 existing
2850 (dual 3.4ghz Xeon's) running ESX3.  As we need more capacity, we
will use additional Blades for ESX 3 and consolidation.
        The 10 blade chassis specs out to about 6k.  Each 3ghz Dual Core
(woodcrest) blade with 16 gigs of RAM, 2x75gig SAS drives and dual
Broadcom TOE GigE/dual QLogic Fiber HBA's will run us about $6600
(including warranty/support)

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