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

Facebook Focuses On More Efficient Front-End Servers

Facebook has made a series of announcements today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) summit. While these announcements generally focus around innovation and increasing the use or utilization of emerging technology, Facebook is announcing something a little different. Facebook has worked with Intel to develop new processers for their front-end servers, but instead of using servers with more CPU sockets, Facebook and Intel have cut the number down.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro to Unveil New Compact Intel Xeon Processor D-Based Solutions

This week, Super Micro Computer will demonstrate the latest additions to their Embedded Building Block Solutions portfolio at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, highlighted by an expanded range of compact X10SDV motherboards. These motherboards will now extend top-end performance, including support for the new 65W 16-core Intel Xeon processor D-1587 on the X10SDV-7TP8F. They will also debut low power solutions that support the 25W 2-core Intel Pentium processor D-1508 on the X10SDV-2C-7TP4F featured in the new 1U 12x 3.5” hot-swap HDD Cold Storage solution SSG-5018D2-AR12L.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba & Dell Partner To Make The Fastest SAS-Based Servers

Today Toshiba America Electronics Components, Inc. and Dell Inc. combined their technology to make SAS-based servers with the fastest random read enterprise SSDs in today’s market. These fast servers are composed of Toshiba’s PX04S SSDs and Dell’s PowerEdge R730 servers. Using a single PX04S the Dell server was able to hit 340,000 IOPS in random reads, which makes it the fastest SAS-based server.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro SuperServer 2028U-TNR4T+ Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 2028U-TNR4T+ is a high-end server that leverages the CSE-219UAC-R1K02 2U server chassis where the SC219UAC(4)-R1K02 2U server chassis and the X10DRU-i+ dual processor serverboard subsystems reside. Like other SuperServers before it, the 2028U-TNR4T+ offers a ton of flexibility for use cases that involve intense application workloads using its equipped 8x SATA3 (6Gbps), 24x SAS3 ports support via optional add-on Cards, and 4x NVMe slots, the latter which is two more than the 1028U SuperServer. We recently leveraged the 2028U-TNR4T+ to test the Intel SSD DC P3700, Memblaze PBlaze4, and Samsung XS1715 2.5" NVMe SSDs as well as the Huwei ES3000, HGST SN100, Memblaze PBlaze, and Intel P3608 HHHL AIC form factor NVMe SSDs. 

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE Announces NVMe Enabled Server Solutions

GIGABYTE Technology will be demonstrating two new models of server rackmount solutions at the Supercomputing 2015 show in Austin, Texas: the H27N-H70, a High Density NVMe Server; and the R18N-F2A, a 1U 10 Bays NVMe Server that support the NVMe storage interface.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Announces New Solutions That Support Next-Gen Intel Processors and the NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU Accelerator

Super Micro Computer has announced the availability of the industry’s widest range of GPU-enabled SuperServers, all of which are ready to support the recently unveiled NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU Accelerator. Also announced by Supermicro is the release of their new Server Building Block Solutions that support the new Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 family and Intel Xeon processor D-1500. Comprised of over 15 systems, 25 motherboards and 15 SuperChassis, the new family of servers, storage, MicroCloud and MicroBlade systems are designed for maximum density and performance per watt in the most demanding Enterprise, Data Center, Cloud and Embedded applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge 13G R230, R330, T330 and T130 Review

Launched today, the Dell PowerEdge 13G Wave 4 Servers are 1-socket rack and tower servers designed for distributed applications in SMB, hosting, and OEM. The Servers consist of 4 units: two tower units: the T130 and T330 and two rack units: the R230 and R330. Touted as an ideal first server or replacement server for driving applications in SMB and SOHO, the Wave 4 servers offers many improvements over their predecessors, including greater memory capacity, more hard drives and I/O slots, and improved data throughput and IOPs performance. Like all recent PowerEdge solutions, the Wave 4 servers support the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC8) with Lifecycle Controller making them viable feature-reach, remote management solutions for SOHO, ROBO, or large organizations.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server Review

The Dell PowerEdge R730 is packed full of functionality and flexibility making this solution an incredibly versatile. This mainly due to its use of powerful Intel processors, support for large memory footprint, fast storage options and GPU accelerator support, which makes it ideal for demanding and resource heavy environments. The R730 is also highly scalable when it comes to storage, as it supports up to sixteen 12Gb SAS drives that leverage the high-performance 12Gb PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC9); the R730 has the ability to seriously accelerate data access within a virtualized environment. We also previously looked at Dell’s other model, the R730xd (the ‘xd’ meaning ‘extreme disk’), which is built for users that have larger storage application needs, as it uses a modified version of the chassis with its 28 bays.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Launches New X11 UP Solutions

Today Super Micro Computer Inc. launched a new generation of single processor platforms, X11 generation UP systems. Supermicro states that this new generation of products will raise the bar of performance and efficiency on what single processor platforms can do. Today’s announcement delivers the industry’s broadest range of workstations, long-life embedded solutions, and motherboard platforms supporting the new Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v5 Family (formally known as Skylake-S).

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R930 Review

Dell launched the PowerEdge R930 in April, declaring it their most powerful server to date. The R930 is part of Dell's 13th generation server family, offering a plethora of potential from quad CPUs to eight 2.5" NVMe SSD bays in a 4U form factor. The R930 is designed specifically to meet the needs of business critical applications that can benefit form the combination of CPU, RAM and storage that the platform can bring to bear. Of course the R930 is not an entirely new effort exactly, it builds on the pedigree of the 12th Gen PowerEdge R920 by adding support for Haswell processors from Intel and newer/larger 3.2TB NVMe SSDs. The net result is a 22% performance boost generationally, putting the R930 in an ideal spot to be the go to system for applications that are highly latency sensitive. 

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