Here are two quick pics of the innards, or at least the motherboard, of a UCS B230 M1 blade. One of the B230s in our FlexPod had some kind of issue and was swapped soon after arrival at our data center. Seeing it in the chassis doesn’t give you a full picture of just how small these blades, especially the half-width ones, really are. Eyeballing it, I’d say the B230 is about as deep as a pair of my laptops (13″ MacBook Pro) side by side.
Check out the 32 DIMM sockets – they support up to 256GB of RAM. When I look back on the first computers I ever played with – a Commodore 64 at home, Trash 80’s, then Apple IIe’s at school, it still freaks me out a little bit thinking of the computing power and memory packed into these UCS blades. What are we going to be deploying in 25 years?