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.
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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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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Unveils Gen 10 ProLiant Servers

Today at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled what it is referring to as the world’s most secure industry standard servers, the tenth generation ProLiant Servers. HPE is taking a different direction on security by building silicon-based security into its industry standard servers. HPE is also announcing advancements in software-defined infrastructure, which deliver new levels of agility and economic flexibility.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Announce 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers

Today at Dell EMC World 2017, Dell EMC announced and previewed the latest rollout of its PowerEdge server family, the fourteenth generation. Dell EMC intends to continue as a leader in the server market with this newly designed server line. The 14th generation will be focused on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #19: Jeff Groudan, HP

We've built up a well-appointed virtual workstation testing lab, thanks in large part to our sponsors. HP has provided the 16 thin clients and displays to bring this lab to fruition. While thin client computing hasn't always been the most sexy or performance oriented part of IT, it's growing rapidly for a number of reasons. One reason involves a more forward thinking design for the thin clients themselves, including a variety of mobile options that look about the same as their full-fledged PC cousins. Another reason involves a much improved performance profile thanks to HP software initiatives, NVIDIA GPUs and features like Blast Extreme from VMware. In this podcast I talk with Jeff Groudan who runs the thin client business for HP who covers off on these topics and many more about the future of thin client computing.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo System x3550 M5 Server Review

The Lenovo System x3550 M5 is a 1U dual-socket server designed to handle intensive workloads in software-defined data centers. Featuring Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and TruDDR4 memory (high-end DDR4 memory that meets “strict” Lenovo requirements), the x3550 M5 is designed for use in small- and medium-business use cases. It fits nicely in areas such as database, virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, systems management, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media, web, and HPC. Lenovo’s focus is to keep business-critical applications and cloud deployments running safely with the x3550 M5. This cost-effective server is also built with an extensive set of systems-management tools to make deployment and maintenance easy.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo x3650 M5 (8871) ThinkServer Review

The Lenovo x3650 M5 ThinkServer is a 2U dual-socket rack server aimed at the mass market to run a multitude of workloads--either as bare-metal or in a virtualized fashion. The x3650 M5 can leverage Intel Haswell and Broadwell Xeon processors, and up to the 22-core E5-2699 v4 as the top offering. The server also offers plenty of configurability with support for 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, SAS, SATA, HDD, SSD, and NVMe PCIe drives. The x3650 supports up to 1.5TB of memory, with local storage configurations supporting up to a peak of 215TB in a 2U space (using 28 7.68TB, 2.5" SSDs).

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Refreshes Its Server Hardware Fleet

Today at the Open Compute Summit (OCP) 2017, Facebook is announcing an end-to-end refresh of its server hardware fleet. This announcement includes all new storage chassis, GPU servers, and compute servers, as well as the latest version of Yosemite, Facebook’s multi-node compute platform. All design specifications are available through the Open Compute Project site, and a comprehensive set of hardware design files for all systems will be released.

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