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

AMD Previews Its New Naples Server Processor

AMD is giving the world a peak at its upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed "Naples.” This new CPU is built to scale across the cloud datacenter and traditional on-premise server configurations. The new CPUs are stated as being able to deliver superior memory bandwidth and the number of high-speed input / output channels in a single-chip, making it stand apart from other sever CPUs available now.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R630 Review

At this point the Dell PowerEdge R630 isn't exactly new, but there is definitely renewed interest in the 1U server platform as the Dell EMC continues to fold together. The R630 makes for an excellent node in software-defined deployments ranging from vSAN to ScaleIO. While diminutive in rack footprint, don't let the R630 fool you; it's a full-fledged dual-socket PowerEdge supporting the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, up to 1.5TB RAM and configurations with up to 24 1.8" SSDs. Our configuration is a bit more conventional with a twist, ten 2.5" bays; six supporting SATA/SAS drives as well as four NVMe bays supporting the latest in high-performance storage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HPE Apollo 4530 Review

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Apollo is a family of role-based converged-infrastructure compute and storage solutions at the high performance, high-density end of the enterprise performance spectrum. Apollo 4530 servers utilize a 4U chassis supporting up to 68 3.5" HDDs, with three internal ProLiant Gen9 servers powered by Xeon E5-2600v3 or v4 processors, up to 1,024GB DDR4 memory, and with 4 PCIe slots and FlexibleLOM. From a storage perspective, that means each Apollo 4530 chassis can manage more than 500TB of storage with 8TB disks, or just under 700TB with 10TB models. The systems are purpose-built for the rapidly expanding big data, analytics and HPC storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces A Handful Of Hybrid Enhancements For SMB

This morning Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it was making enhancements to several of its solutions aimed at SMB. These solutions include HPE StoreEasy Storage, HPE ProLiant Easy Connect and HPE Flex Solutions. According to HPE, the enhancements announced today will help to deliver the flexibility to SMB to ensure they are able to maintain the right mix of hybrid IT elements.

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by Brian Beeler

Luke Wignall, NVIDIA

VDI clearly isn't a new concept in the enterprise, but many of us have a limited world view when it comes to virtual desktops. Workrooms jammed with customer service reps or medical office use cases are familiar visions, but VDI is much more. With GPU-enabled servers, virtual workstations are replacing high-end PCs in a wide range of organizations including those in media and entertainment, engineering and design functions. NVIDIA is the clear leader here, driving the conversation about what's possible with virtual workstations and providing best practices for deployment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces New UCS S-Series Servers & Enterprise Cloud Suite

Today at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco, Cisco introduced two new solutions to help enterprises tackle the emerging technologies such as Big Data, streaming media and collaboration applications, software-defined storage, and Cloud adoption. To address the data intensive workloads above, Cisco is introducing a new sever category in its Unified Computing System (USC) portfolio, the UCS S-Series. The UCS S-Series is designed specifically for uses such as Internet of Things (IoT), video, mobility, collaboration and analytics. Cisco is also introducing its new ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite to help companies utilize hybrid clouds more efficiently.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

SuperMicro X11 MicroBlade Solution Review

The SuperMicro MicroBlade family is made up of two key components: a wide selection of chassis configurations, and a multitude of dense-blade options. The MicroBlade enclosure comes in two primary flavors, one being a 3U unit that supports 14 servers and the other a 6U unit that supports 28 servers. Between those sizes there are varying power-configuration options that users can chose from depending on how the ultimate solution will be configured. The servers themselves cover a broad landscape, from single- or dual-processor Intel Xeon systems to ultra-dense blades offering quad Intel-Avoton powered nodes. This allows Supermicro to reach high core per rack counts, upwards of 6272 cores with 784 quad-Avoton nodes in a 42U footprint. The variety of options provides a ton of flexibility for those who need dense compute for high-intensity applications, or for those who want to start small, but know their compute demands will need to scale rapidly. In either case, the MicroBlade enclosures offer a simple deployment model, as well as a chassis management module (CMM) for remote access to blades, power supplies, cooling fans, and networking switches.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge FC830 with Intel Broadwell Review

Earlier this month, Dell added Intel Broadwell support to their line of four-socket PowerEdge servers. We've previously seen what the new CPUs can do for their mainline dual-processor systems; now we turn our attention to the 1U PowerEdge FC830 blade that houses itself within the FX2 chassis. Launched today, the new Intel E5-4669 v4 processors are 2.2GHz and bring 22 cores to bear; 88 cores in a fully populated system. Both the FC830 and the more standard 2U R830 get the E5-4600 v4 family, while the larger R930 can now leverage the E7-8800 v4.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Adds Intel Broadwell Support to Quad-Socket PowerEdge 13G Servers

Dell has announced new performance and capability updates to its PowerEdge 13th generation four-socket server portfolio, a line that is specifically designed for enterprise customers that have large scale server deployments. The PowerEdge 13th generation four-socket servers enhance performance for big data and real-time analytics, as well as dense virtualization deployments, while promoting flexibility, scalability and manageability needed for a future-ready enterprise. We recently reviewed the Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Crucial DDR4 Memory Review

In any performance-driven server or storage system, RAM plays a critical role when it comes to managing application latency. The premise is simple; the more memory systems have, the faster they'll go. But RAM is also one of the most expensive components, so it's important to balance performance needs with the proper technologies and RAM footprint to meet the need. Like all other things in IT, memory is making leaps and bounds in innovation. The latest version of memory is DDR4 (double data rate fourth-generation), which is finding its way into leading edge servers and storage platforms. In our lab RAM is one of our most valued assets, helping us push the limits in many of our benchmarks. Crucial has supplied the lab with DDR4 that we've been leveraging to push our load systems to their fullest.

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