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

Ceph Community Announces First Large-Scale Ceph Storage Microserver Cluster

The Red Hat-sponsored Ceph Community has announced the first implementation of a large-scale Ceph storage cluster environment developed by WDLabs. Touted as both cost-effective and energy-efficient converged microserver, the Community indicates that this is the first demonstrated solution that offers true flexibility of applications executing on a microserver. Super Micro Computer contributed to this collaborative effort by designing and offering a specialized chassis for disaggregated storage, core servers, and networking. Just last month, SanDisk and Red Hat worked together to create flash-based Ceph storage solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Unveils A Compute Solution For SMB & A $300 Server

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a new compute platform that is managed and updated through the cloud, the HPE ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution. This new compute platform is aimed at small to medium businesses (SMBs), educational institutions, and branch offices. The solution is subscription-based and according to HPE provides customers with an on-premise server that delivers security, performance and control with the flexibility of the cloud. HPE is also introducing a new HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 server, the ML10.

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by Lyle Smith

TYAN Unveils GT75-BP012, Their New POWER8-Based 1U Sever

TYAN unveiled the GT75-BP012 line during the OpenPOWER Summit 2016 earlier this week, their newest POWER8-based 1U server platform. Comprised of the BSP012G75V4H-B4C, BSP012G75V4H-Q4T, BSP012G75V4H-Q4F, this new platform supports the maximum configuration with a single POWER8 CPU (10-core/ 80-thread), 1,024GB DDR3L memory (32x 32GB) and 64MB last-level cache. Last month, we reviewed the GT62B-B5539 1U server system, a cost-effective NVMe storage that focuses on low power footprint.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Cisco UCS Mini Review

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is designed with the idea of unifying and simplifying the data center. Customers should be able to deploy servers quickly with less overall infrastructure all with unified management through UCS Manger. The Cisco UCS Mini takes the UCS blade server system, houses it into one 6U chassis, the Cisco UCS 5100, and optimizes it for remote and branch offices. The Mini offers servers, storage, and 10 Gigabit networking in a very dense form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

TYAN to Demonstrate its 4U, 4x GPU FT76-B7922 Platform

TYAN will be demonstrating their newest 4U, 4x GPU FT76-B7922 platform at the NVIDIA 2016 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. Featuring up to 4x NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators, 4x Intel Xeon E7-8800/E7-4800 v3 processors, 96x DDR4 DIMM slots, and 8x 2.5" SAS 12Gb/s HDDs or SSDs, the TYAN FT76-B7922 offers highly parallelized application deployment for various high-performance computing segments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server with Intel Broadwell Review

Intel has released more of its “tick” Broadwell 14nm processors. As with all Intel processor releases these new Broadwell CPUs aim to bring better performance to the servers that use them. Dell has refreshed its PowerEdge R730 servers (review of the R730 before the refresh) and has run a series of benchmarks to highlight the difference customers can expect from the updated processors. Dell was nice enough to share their testing and results with us but we are always more inclined to run our own tests to see how well something works, which we have, leveraging the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces Servers & Solutions Featuring New Intel Xeon CPUs

Today Lenovo announced new servers, software, and solutions all aimed at accelerated performance, simplified management, and a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). These new products will feature the newly released Intel Xeon series processors. Using the new processors Lenovo was able to achieve 6 performance world records including world record for x86 two-processor virtualized workloads, overall world record for server and storage performance per watt for all virtualized workloads, overall world record for server performance per watt for all virtualized workloads, world record for two-processor database and online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads, leadership performance in high-throughput workloads such as high-performance computing, and leadership performance in high-speed computing workloads such as high-frequency trading.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Introduces New Double Server

Today QNAP Inc. launched its new double server, the TDS-16489U. This new server leverages dual Intel Xeon E5 processors and integrates an application server and storage server into one chassis. The new double server is designed to tackle Big Data Computing and to assist enterprises in mission-critical tasks as a one-device solution for applications, storage and virtualization.

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by Lyle Smith

TYAN GT62B-B5539 1U Server System Review

Released in January of this year, the TYAN GT62B-B5539 is the company’s latest addition to their 1-U server system portfolio. TYAN’s new storage solution supports a generous 4x NVMe devices and is touted by the company to deliver the best performance per watt on today’s storage market. The server system also features 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots, up to 2x 10GbE (Intel X557) and 2x GbE LOM, 1x FH/HL PCI-E x 8 slot, 2x mezzanine slots for various networking and 10 x 2.5” HDD.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Unveils 2U Simply Double SuperStorage Architecture

Supermicro Computer is demonstrating its new 2U Simply Double SuperStorage storage architecture at CeBIT 2016, which offers double the density and capacity in a 2U form factor. To attain this, Supermicro designed the new solutions with a second set of easy access, external hot-swap drive bays, arrayed in a patented Riser Bay. Supermicro indicates that this will provide maximum server performance with support for dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 and future processors. It also offers up to 1.5TB of DDR4-2133MHz ECC memory as well as flexible SIOM networking options supporting 1G/10G/25G/40G up to 2x 100G ports for InfiniBand/ Intel Omni-Path Architecture, and Ethernet connectivity.

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