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

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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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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