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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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