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 Michael Rink

Dell EMC Releases PowerEdge R740xd2

Dell EMC released the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd2. We reviewed the original R740xd last year, and the new R740xd2 is even more laser-focused on storage. It offers even higher total storage capacities; the largest in Dell’s PowerEdge lineup.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DS1819+ & RS1619xs+ NAS Solutions Now Available

Synology has added to new products to their massive portfolio of storage solutions: the RackStation RS1619xs+ 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS and the DS1819+ 8-bay NAS. Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses that run IO-intensive tasks, the RS1619xs+ offers flexible storage scalability and M.2 SSD support. It features a Quad-core CPUs, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and an optional 10GbE adaptor. The DS1819+ includes an Intel quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and can scale to a total of 18 drive bays (for a total of 216TB in raw capacity) when connected to two DX517 expansion units.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Review

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 is a 2U server that offers a lot of flexibility under the hood that can lead to massive performance for demanding applications. Announced earlier this year, the S850 is set to go leaps and bounds over previous Lenovo servers with 233% more cores with the addition of up to four Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs, 400% more memory, and 76% faster performance. The SR850 is built for general business use cases, but with all of that performance, it can also handle the most demanding database, virtualization and artificial intelligence workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

IBM Announces A Slate Of New Storage Enhancements & Products

IBM has announced a range of new enhancements over the weekend designed to offer end-to-end NVMe technology, faster performance, and increased capacity. These updates include a new NVMe enabled all-flash storage system, flash storage and NVMe networking enhancements, modern data protection and security improvements, new storage solutions, and a brand new offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Unveils New UCS Server For AI & ML

Today Cisco announced that it was broadening its UCS portfolio of B-Series, C-Series, and HyperFlex systems with the introduction of the Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 Rack Server. This latest sever is designed specifically to deal with the growing footprint of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are having on the enterprise. The new server is built for data scientists and developers, aiding them as they navigate through these new technologies in the near future. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IDC Releases 2Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the second quarter of this year. Again, the server market is looking up in general. Dell EMC continued its reign and was able to pull away from HPE a bit more, though the smaller guys made the biggest gains quarter to quarter. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Launches PowerEdge MX

Today Dell EMC announced that it is set to launch its new high-performance, modular infrastructure, PowerEdge MX. The company states that this new type of infrastructure supports both traditional as well as emerging technologies, with future-proofing being built into the design. Using what Dell EMC calls kinetic infrastructure, PowerEdge MX is free from certain bounds allowing for a true composable infrastructure. 

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by Michael Rink

Gigabyte Releases 1U & 2U Cavium ThunderX2 Arm Servers

GIGABYTE Technology announced from Taipei, Taiwan that they are adding 2 new state of the art models to their existing ARM server lineup. The 1U dual socket R181-T90, and the 2U dual socket R281-T91, both run on Cavium's ThunderX2 arm CPUs and both are part of GIGABYTE’s R-Series general purpose rack server product family.

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by Adam Armstrong

Newisys Announces NSS2560, 56 NVMe Drive 2U Sever

Newisys announced its new storage server that can fit 56, 2.5” (U.2) NVMe drives in a 2U form factor, the NSS2560. The NSS2560 offers high availability with dual, hot-swappable server modules. The company is also touting some performance numbers of 50GB/s and 12.5 million IOPS on the right configuration.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE Adds New Single-Socket GPU & Storage Servers To AMD EPYC Line

GIGABYTE has added three new single-socket GPU and storage servers their AMD EPYC line. The new 2U G291-Z20 and G221-Z30 GPU servers and the 4U S451-Z30 storage server leverage the EPYC’s compute and I/O resources of 32 cores, 64 threads, more than 2TB of memory capacity and 128 PCIe lanes per socket. The G291-Z20 and the G221-Z30 are fully compatible with AMD’s new Radeon Instinct MI25 GPU, which is quoted to boast upwards of an impressive 24.6 TFLOPS of FP16 and 12.3 TFLOPS of FP32 peak performance. The MI25 also features large BAR (Base Address Register) support for multi-GPU peer to peer communication.

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