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

Atos Launches BullSequana Edge

Today at Atos Technology Days, Atos launched what it calls the world’s highest performing edge computing server, the BullSequana Edge. The BullSequana brings all of its performance to manage data on the edge, specifically to securely manage IoT. The new server is aimed at industries such as manufacturing 4.0, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and retail/airport security.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Acromove ServerPack 35 SP3B Review

The Server Pack 35 is Acromove’s portable server family. Unique to the Server Pack 35 compared to other portable servers is that it is a hyperconverged software-defined system (SDS) that packs the biggest punch into the smallest footprint. The combination of compute, storage, and networking gives users everything they need in one portable box that is designed to work in nearly any environment. Aside from physical environment flexibility, the server is also operating-system- / software-application- agnostic.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro 2049U-TR4 SuperServer Solution for SAP HANA

Supermicro demonstrated its new solution for SAP HANA for scale-up in-memory environments at SAPPHIRE NOW, Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando on May 7 to 9. Based on the Supermicro 4-Way MP server, the 2U, 4-Way 2049U-TR4 SuperServer allows for real-time On Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) and On Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) on the same system. SAP HANA (or high-performance analytic appliance) is an in-memory, column-oriented database technology that promotes the processing of enormous amounts of real-time data very quickly.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Details Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Pricing

This week marks the start of order taking for most server vendors that announced support for Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs as well as Intel Optane DC persistent memory. At launch, Intel was quiet on suggested pricing for persistent memory modules, opting to give ultimate pricing control to their system provider partners. While we have seen grey market pricing for PMEM leak out over the last several days, Cisco is one of the first to publicly show pricing in their UCS server configurator. 

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Announces Support for 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Processors to Server and Storage Systems

Super Micro Computer has announced that their its entire portfolio of X11 servers, storage systems and Server Building Block Solutions are now fully optimized to support 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The company also announced new accompanying innovations, including Intel Optane DC persistent memory (to increase memory capacity and affordability) and Intel Deep Learning Boost (to increase AI acceleration efficiency). Supermicro claims this with bring improved data center performance by 35% and a reduction of up to 50% in TCO. It is expected to have less impact on the environment as well.

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by Tom Fenton

VM Density Value Specialized Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs

On April 2nd, 2019, Intel announced the release of the second generation of their Xeon Scalable CPUs. During the announcement they said that they had over 50 unique CPUs based on this technology. They did this in order to create CPUs to address very specific workloads. The CPUs that they announced ranged from a Xeon Bronze 3204 which has 6 cores to a Xeon Platinum 9282 which has 56 cores. In between there are a few specialty CPUs; in this article we will look the Xeon Gold 6262V and 6222V, which Intel tags as VM Density Value Specialized CPUs.

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by Brian Beeler

Supermicro SuperServer with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory First Look Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT is a 1U dual-processor complete system. Supermicro designed the SuperServer to address a slew of popular use cases like virtualization, databases, cloud computing and others that can benefit from high density compute power. The system has been updated to support second generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and it's one of the first to ship with support for Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Refreshes Its Data Center Portfolio With New Intel CPUs and Optane DC Persistent Memory

Lenovo is yet another vendor building off of the news of second-generation Intel Xeon processors with a refresh of both its ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile data center infrastructure portfolios. This will include 15 updated Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and 5 ThinkAgile appliances that leverage the new CPUs. The new solutions feature Intel’s Optane DC Persistent Memory technology, which will be included in the beefy ThinkSystem SR950, an eight-socket sever.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers Refreshed with New Intel CPUs and Optane DC Persistent Memory

With Intel announcing new data center processors today, Dell EMC announced that it has refreshed its PowerEdge Server line to support the new CPUs. The new PowerEdge servers will also support Optane DC Persistent Memory. Aside from the hardware updates, Dell EMC states that the new servers will have better security, more elegant control, and improved scalability. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkSystem Family Overview

Lenovo’s family of servers, dubbed the ThinkSystem family, is designed around flexibility and affordability. The ThinkSystem family is offered in several configurations including quad- dual- and single-socket, 1- or 2U rackmount models, as well as tower form factors. The entire family offers some level of configurability/scalability allowing users to start where they need and build up along with their business.

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