Comparing HP blades to UCS in a 10 rack config

I really like infographics, so I thought I’d try to make my own.  I looked at a paper I wrote comparing 10 racks of UCS to 10 racks of HP blades.  The most astonishing numbers are the management.  My graphics can still use some work, but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?  Let me […]

vSphere 5 Licensing fun

UPDATE (Aug 3, 2011): VMware changed the licensing model addressing many of the disadvantages laid out in this post. Among them: the monster 1TB VM will not be super expensive and the Enterprise+ license went up to 96GB of vRAM. The new vSphere 5 licensing information has taken the VMware blogger world by storm.  So […]

ESXi 4.1 and HP BL460c G6 with Mezzenine card

Had an issue where I would install CentOS on these HP blades and I would be able to see 16 nics.  But when I installed ESXi 4.1 I only saw 8 nics.  16 is the right number because each flexNIC has 4 vNics.  So with 4 of these, I wanted to see some serious bandwidth.  […]

Expect and HP Virtual Connect configuration

Perhaps you are more patient than I am or enjoy the HP web interface for virtual connect.  I can’t stand it .  It makes me wait too long and when I have multiple chassis chained together creating server profiles takes forever.  In fact, I had to create them all then wait.. then find out it […]

State of xCAT on HP Blades

I had the opportunity this week to test drive xCAT on HP blades. I had a c7000 chassis with some spiffy BL460c G6s. The configuration is very straight forward. We’ve updated the xCAT Install Guide to include how to configure the blades and I think we’ll be doing a lot more. Currently on these blades […]