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

SuperMicro Releases Ultra Dense 6U MicroBlade Solutions

Super Micro Computer Inc. released a new extreme-density sever platform, MicroBlade. These new solutions are aimed at hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. SuperMicro’s MicroBlade also enables VLP DDR4 16/32GB RDIMM, at the cost of regular DIMM, to increase energy efficiency and cooling. SuperMicro claims that the MicroBlade is a converged computing platform that combines the density, ease of use, manageability, high availability, serviceability, efficiency of blade servers with the cost advantage of rack-mount servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces the PowerEdge R930

Today Dell Inc. introduced its most powerful four-socket server, the Dell PowerEdge R930. The R930 is the next step up from the PowerEdge R920 we reviewed earlier. Like its predecessor, the Dell PowerEdge R930 is designed to handle nearly any workload and configuration. This new addition to Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge servers is ideal for customers migrating to x86 platforms. And Dell is further expanding its four-socket portfolio with PowerEdge FC830 and PowerEdge M830.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Expands PowerEdge FX Portfolio

Dell Inc. recently introduced three new modules to its PowerEdge FX Portfolio, the FC430, the FD332, and the FC830. These modules were first announced along with the rest of Dell’s next generation converged infrastructure in November. We had a chance to review the Dell PowerEdge FX2 at the time as well. Dell has also announced that its PowerEdge servers are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and are growing at two times the pace of the industry.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco UCS C3160 Server For Use As High-Performance Backup

Cisco recently introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco launched several new offerings aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The highlight at the time was the new modular or M-Series. However, shifting focus over to the C-series, specifically the C3160, one can begin to see how a server can be used as a high-performance backup storage resource.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Introduces New Open, Hyperscale Servers

HP announced today at the Open Compute Summit that they were introducing a new family of compute platforms, HP Cloudline. These new platforms are designed to enable service providers, that are running hyperscale IT architectures, to maximize their data center efficiency and increase cloud service agility. Along with the Cloudline servers, HP announced a new portfolio that is also aimed at service providers. These new services include HP Service Provider Growth Suite and HP Datacenter Care for Service Providers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Launches New Line Of Low Power, High Density Server Solutions

Today Supermicro announced the launch of a new line of low power, high-density server solutions that support Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 product family. The new solutions run the gamut of various configurations from UP motherboards to 1U and Mini-Tower servers all the way up to a high-density 6U 56-node MicroBlade microserver.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Three XC Series SDS Appliances with Nutanix and 13G PowerEdge Technology

Dell today published details for three new web-scale converged storage appliances that will be joining the company’s XC Series. The new appliances are built with 13G PowerEdge servers as the foundation and are equipped to handle applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure, private cloud storage, and big data. The new appliances can be configured with more than a 50% increase in storage capacity and double the rack density of previous XC offerings.

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by Josh Linden

EchoStreams OSS1A 1U Server Review

The EchoStreams OSS1A is a 1U rack system engineered for use as a flexible appliance server platform most notable for its depth of only 21 inches. The OSS1A incorporates a dual-processor Intel C602A chipset and supports Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 CPUs with up to 384GB of RAM in order to provide the horsepower necessary to handle a variety of duties in space-constrained and field deployments.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Expands its Embedded Computing Solutions Portfolio

Supermicro will be showing off its latest portfolio of Embedded Building Block Solutions this week at Embedded World in Nürnberg, Germany. During this event, Supermicro will focus on its new Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway System (SYS-E100-8Q), which adds to Supermicro’s Embedded solutions ecosystem with an ultra low-power Edge-to-Cloud mesh network device powered by a 2.2W Intel Quark SoC X1021. This new solution features 512GB DDR3 ECC memory, a ZigBee module socket and expansion support with Micro SDHC (up to 32GB), and 2x Mini-PCI-E slots.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D Review

The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D is a storage-dense 1U form factor server that houses up to 20 7mm SATA SSDs. This ultra-high performance flash server is pitched as sustaining 112Gbps of throughput and up to 1 million plus IOPS with 20 SSDs. The platform supports dual Intel Haswell CPUs, up to 512GB of DDR4 RAM, and offers two PCIe Gen3 slots for expansion. The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D has use cases both in the traditional data center and several that couldn't be further away from those friendly confines. The combination of storage density, performance and cost make this unique platform one of the more flexible available. 

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