Testing the Dell solution was also highly efficient. Everything went as smoothly as possible, and we were able to knock off a bit early both days, with all the relevant benchmarks run, all the data gathered. It was somewhat strange that Dell sent only a single tech with its gear. Whether that decision was out of hubris or cost savings, the tests ran with flying colors anyway.
IBM, on the other hand, had issues. It had trouble sourcing some parts for its chassis and needed more time to prepare. As a result, IBM missed its original dates, and the rescheduling ate up the two contingency days at the end of the test schedule before the tests even began. Luckily, the gear arrived the evening before the rescheduled test dates and testing went very smoothly. By Friday evening, the last day of the test, we finally felt that we were going to get everything done in time. It was all the way down to the wire.
The whole experience was a weird combination of a roller-coaster ride and forced march, full of suspense and predictions of imminent disaster. But we made it. The result is the 2010 InfoWorld blades shoot-out, a good hard look at the best blade systems available today. Enjoy.
This story, "Tsunamis and falling crates: Behind the blade server review," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Paul Venezia's The Deep End blog and follow the latest developments in servers, processors, and other hardware at InfoWorld.com.