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

HP Announces a Slate of New Compute Platforms for Big Data

HP has announced new and enhanced purpose-built Compute platforms and solutions designed to help customers leverage all data assets for faster decision making, improved operational efficiency and direct content monetization. Included in these new platforms and solutions are: HP Apollo 2000; the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family; the HP Big Data Reference Architecture; HP Integrity Superdome X; and the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen9 servers. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Diablo’s MCS Architecture Integrated Into Lenovo X6 Servers

Today Diablo Technologies announced that its Memory Channel Storage (MCS) would be integrated into the latest edition of Lenovo’s X6 Server. The MCS architecture that will be used in the Lenovo X6 servers is the eXFlash, not to be confused with the UltraDIMM that has been at the center of litigation between Diablo and Netlist. Lenovo’s X6 servers systems can support up to 32 400GB eXFlash DIMMs per system for a total capacity of 12.8TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces New Offerings For Datacenters

Today Dell Inc. announced several storage offerings aimed at helping businesses cost-effectively adapt and scale their data centers to keep pace with increasing IT demands. Dell address both current and future methods of dealing with the massive growth of data with new entry-level array series, Dell Storage SCv2000 Series, higher performing dense storage arrays, Dell Storage PS6610 Series, and enhanced software capabilities and new SDS appliances, Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces New Solutions To Maximize Performance In Microsoft Business Environments

Today at Microsoft Unite, Dell Inc. introduced a series of new solutions that are aimed at increasing performance and productivity in Microsoft business environments. Dell is introducing Dell Appliance for Wyse – vWorkspace, a desktop virtualization appliance, Migration Manager for Enterprise Social, to centralizes social media user collaboration, and Dell is announcing that its PowerEdge R930 server is able to run Microsoft workloads with ease. These new solutions will help customers securely and effectively access Windows applications, easily access and manage virtual desktops, manage social networks, and improve productivity.

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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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