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 Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge Gen13 Servers Released

Dell has unveiled its most advanced portfolio of PowerEdge servers to date, which was designed to help customers address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The 13th generation of Dell PowerEdge servers are also built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise, and hyper scale applications, and features advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with systems management capabilities.  The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio offers customers a choice in how they tackle industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkServer RD550, RD650, and TD350 Announced

Lenovo has announced its next-generation enterprise-class server portfolio, the ThinkServer RD550 and RD650 as well as the ThinkServer TD350, which are designed to provide flexibility and reliability for traditional and software-defined data center environments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R920 Review

Dell has been on the forefront of creating servers that combine innovative features to create industry-leading products. Such was the case with the PowerEdge R720, the first mainstream server to include 2.5" PCIe SSDs. This time we take a look at the PowerEdge R920, a server duty-built to drive mission critical applications like databases, large virtual infrastructures and other intensive workloads. To prepare the R920 for such a task, Dell has engineered the 4U server with four Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 with up to 15 cores each and 96 DIMM slots to support up to 6TB of RAM. Storage capabilities are highlighted by 24 2.5" drive bays that may be configured in a variety of different ways including 12Gbps SAS drives and up to eight Samsung XS1715 NVMe Express Flash SSDs, for access to some of the fastest flash available. The system also offers Up to 10 PCIe Gen3/Gen2 slots to give enterprises a wide variety of options when it comes to interconnect or storage expansion via PCIe slots. In aggregate, the R920 is one of the beefiest servers available in the market with the flexibility to handle nearly any workload and configuration. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces Significant Innovations To Its Unified Computing System

Today Cisco UCS introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco has broadened their portfolio with new products aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The new portfolio of technologies is aimed at helping customers capitalize on the rapidly changing landscapes in compute needs and massive data storage. Cisco has launched several new offerings, but the highlight is the new M-Series of modular servers that dramatically shifts how compute deployments are made in large-scale environments. 

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by Mark Kidd

HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers Will Ship in September 2014

HP has announced details about the forthcoming Generation 9 of its ProLiant Server family. The ProLiant Gen9 lineup is optimized for convergence, cloud, and software-defined environments with an architecture based on a pool of processing resources that is geography- and workload-agnostic. ProLiant Gen9 servers can take advantage of proprietary HP PCIe application accelerators and the company’s DDR4 SmartMemory technology.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell Announces Updates to OpenManage Portfolio and PowerEdge VRTX

Today Dell has announced a spectrum of updates to its enterprise storage portfolio, including updated version of OpenManage Essentials, OpenManage Mobile, and iDRAC. Dell also announced updates to the PowerEdge VRTX ‘cluster in a box’ solution in addition to Compellent Storage Center 6.5 and Fluid Cache for SAN which we are covering separately.

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by Lyle Smith

Chenbro RM43260 New High-Density Chassis Solution Announced

Chenbro has announced the RM43260 at Interop 2014, their new high density storage JBOD chassis and sub-system 4U 60-Bay JBOD enclosure. The new RM43260 features data redundancy on a dual domain SAS controller and 80 Plus Gold PSU and PWM fans while the modular design and available accessories make it a reliable, easy-to-maintain, environmentally-friendly enclosure solution.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 1.6TB NVMe SSD Featured In The New Dell PowerEdge R920 Server

Samsung has announced that its 1.6TB NVMe (non-volatile memory express) SSD is featured in the new Dell PowerEdge R920 server. Samsung and Dell, who both worked closely to optimize the storage capabilities of the PowerEdge R920, are the first companies in the world to ship PCIe SSDs using an NVMe protocol, allowing customers to get faster results.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family Announced To Help Improve Storage Performance

‚ÄčIntel has announced the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family to aid companies in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, banking, and transportation, to turn data into actionable insights. The new Intel family is also designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on vast amount of diverse data.

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by Mark Kidd

WD Sentinel DS6100 Review

The WD Sentinel DS6100 is a 8 x 9 x 6-inch pedestal which can serve up to 16TB of unified NAS and iSCSI storage. The DS6100 and its sibling the DS5100 are two recent additions to WD’s growing Sentinel Series lineup of small business network storage appliances, which consolidate primary server and storage solutions for small businesses and branch offices. The DS6100 offers simple deployment with quick access to Microsoft Windows Server 2102 Essentials, allowing the integrated server and storage device that can provide services and applications on the network alongside storage.

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