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 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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech ASR-3100PP Review

The Advantech ASR-3100PP is part of the larger ASR-3100 series which is comprised of storage-heavy 1U servers. Each server offers up 16 bays of 2.5" storage, in a double-stack format, with 8 bays in the traditional front of the box and another 8 that pop up right behind those near the front of the chassis. The ASR-3100PP variant is unique in that it is NVMe throughout, which offers a tremendous performance profile in just a single rack unit. To ensure customers get to use all of their NVMe storage for important applications, Advantech includes two M.2 2242 SATA slots on the motherboard for OS installation, with optional RAID1 mirror. Additionally the system offers 16 DIMM slots for up to 512GB RAM, dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 CPU slots, two PCIe x8 expansion slots (one FHHL, one HHHL), redundant 1100W redundant power supplies and IPMI support. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Launches X11 Server Family Support Intel Scalable CPUs

This week Super Micro Computer, Inc. released a comprehensive line of new server and storage solutions featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, the X11 family. The new family also comes with strong support for NVMe storage and 100G/25G Ethernet. Supermicro is claiming a 1.6x average performance increase across multiple workloads along with over 16 million IOPS in throughput.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Launches Its 14G PowerEdge Servers

Announced back in May, Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge Servers, the fourteenth generation, came with few details. As promised Dell EMC is now revealing more information as they become available today. The new line of servers include all new Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420, Dell EMC PowerEdge R640, Dell EMC PowerEdge R740, Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd, Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, and an updated iDRAC.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD EPYC Data Center CPU Launched

AMD has launched its new series of high-performance data center processors, AMD EPYC 7000 series. AMD is announcing the launch with support from a wide array of customers and partners including HPE, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, Inventec, Lenovo, Sugon, Supermicro, Tyan, Mellanox, Samsung Electronics, Xilinx, and Wistron among others. The EPYC series is designed with up to 32 “Zen” cores and an unparalleled feature set, delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads.

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