Server reviews profile a wide range of servers, from standard 1U and 2U offerings from the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo and others, to customized solutions being proposed for the Open Compute Project. When reviewing compute servers we evaluate the hardware with an eye toward storage specific needs like PCIe slot configuration, thermals and power consumption. When possible we also review servers in clusters to create real world usage scenarios for storage performance testing.
by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New Apollo Systems For AI & HPC

This year at Super Computing 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is expanding its Apollo line to include new high-density compute and storage solutions aimed at high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The company is also announcing a new LTO-8 tape. HPE will be featuring its HPC and AI portfolio at Supercomputing ‘17 conference, booth #925.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases New HPC Solutions & PowerEdge Server

Today at SuperComputing 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Dell EMC made a handful of announcements surrounding HPC and data analytics and how they intend to bring this technology, along with machine learning and deep learning, to the mainstream. The above-mentioned technology can bring several benefits around fraud detection, image processing, financial investment analysis and personalized medicine. To this end, the company is introducing Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Machine and Deep Learning as well as the new Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server aimed at cognitive workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

Premio Announces Intel Skylake Support For Its Server & Storage Solutions

Premio has launched their next generation of server and storage solutions that now feature Intel’s Skylake Xeon Processors. This will bring various substantial improvements to Premio’s high-performance storage lines such as their all-flash Flachestream solution (FlacheSAN1L-D5, FlacheSAN2V-D5, and FlacheSAN2-D5), high-availability Durastreams solution (DSS424S-D5), general-purpose Omnistream solution (OSS1A4-5, OSS212L-D5, OSS212F-D5, OSS224-D5, OSS316-D5, and OSS424-D5), and high-density ScaleStream solution (eDrawer4048S-D5). Premio’s servers are designed to minimize read/write bottlenecks and feature hot-swappable and redundant components, as well as patented tray-less and tool-less designs, for seamless maintenance and efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases PowerEdge R440 & R540

Announced in May and then launched in July, the fourteenth generation (14G) of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge servers were completely redesigned with a focus on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations. Dell EMC has taken a slightly different approach in releasing new servers in the line, with smaller announcements more spread out through the year, such as they did last week with the T640. Once again Dell EMC is releasing two more servers in the PowerEdge Line, the R440 and the R540.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Revamps Its SMB Flash Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new and enhanced storage offerings aimed at the SMB markets. These enhancements run across storage, server, and hyperconverged offerings. The offerings intend to bring cost-effective performance as well as secure infrastructure while increasing application performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge T640 Tower Server Released

Announced in May and then launched in July, the fourteenth generation (14G) of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge servers were completely redesigned with a focus on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations. All of the servers announced were rackmount models aimed at the midrange and up. Recently the company announced yet another 14G PowerEdge server, this time in a tower form factor, the 14G PowerEdge T640.

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by Brian Beeler

HPE Cloudline CL3150 Launched

Last month HPE quietly launched their latest Cloudline server, the CL3150 G4, and this month they're due to start shipping. The Cloudline CL3150 is designed for speed, leveraging a unique configuration to hit its performance targets. The CL3150 uses a 1U chassis that is paired with an AMD EPYC CPU and an astonishing 24 NVMe SSDs (or 22 NMVe SSDs and 2 SATA SSDs). The EPYC CPU offers 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes which is fundamental to unleashing the potential of the NVMe SSDs, along with eight DDR4 DIMM slots. On the networking side, the server offers support for an OCP Mezzanine, 10/25/50GbE card options, 100GbE PCIe add-in card. The CL3150 is part of the larger HPE Cloudline family which is based on open design principles that deliver reduced cost, while still offering HPE's support and engineering experience. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC DSS 9000 Rack Scale Infrastructure Announced

Dell EMC has announced the DSS 9000, an open and agile rack scale infrastructure designed to aid carriers and service providers in accelerating the adoption of software-defined data centers and cloud computing initiatives. The DSS 9000 offers organizations compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management in a pre-integrated rack with up to 96 nodes--as well as various Intel Xeon processors--to allow for unique builds based on customer needs. Dell EMC claims also that the DSS 9000 will promote a future of composable infrastructure, provisioning and managing at the rack level--and across the entire infrastructure--with a single interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

Huawei Releases Atlas, Its Intelligent Cloud Hardware Platform

At Huawei Connect 2017, the company released its new-generation intelligent cloud hardware platform, Atlas. Atlas follows along with several other key cloud products announced at the event. Along with new cloud products, Huawei is heavily investing in a strategy that will aide companies that are currently in the process of their own digital transformation.

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by Adam Armstrong

AIC Announces 1U 36-Bay Server Supporting Up To 576TB

At Flash Memory Summit 2017, several announcements have come out around increasing density of SSDs with more focus on NVMe drives this year. Every year there is also a big hubbub around some massively dense SSD that never seems to materialize or even have a real use case. This year Samsung announced a new form factor, NGSFF, which is smaller than 2.5” and has up to 16TB per drive and already AIC is announcing a server for it with its OB127-LX.

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