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 Announces 4 Socket, Optane Server

Today Super Micro Computer Inc. announced that its four-socket servers now support both Intel Xeon Scalable processers and Intel Optane DC persistent memory. The combination of the two Intel technologies in a Supermicro server, can deliver a huge performance boost while still keeping costs in check.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE TO22-Z61 & TO22-Z62 AMD EPYC Compute Nodes Now Available

GIGABYTE has announced the addition of two new AMD EPYC compute nodes to their RACKLUTION-OP line. These new products are based on the Open Compute Project's Open Rack Standards, a set of open source hardware design guidelines originally created by Facebook then adapted into an open source project in 2011. The TO22-Z61 and TO22-Z62 feature dual AMD EPYC Naples processor sockets for compute nodes with high core counts and memory capacity. The new models have flexible storage options (including all flash or mixed SATA / SAS + flash), up to 3 additional PCIe expansion slots, and each node can fit into a three bay, 2OU tray.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 Review

The TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026 is a 2U rackmount server, based on the Tomcat SX single-socket AMD EPYC motherboard, that’s designed for SME’s and is ideal for real-time analytics, video streaming, software defined storage, in-memory databases, and big data applications. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech SKY-8101L Overview

The Advantech SKY-8101L is a series of 1U servers that leverage a single Intel Xeon Scalable processor. The family uses a 27.5" short-depth design, making them ideal for situations where density is critical. Storage configurations vary across the models with up to 8x 2.5" hot-swappable HDD/SSD drives and optional 2x 2.5" NVMe SSDs, or 4x 3.5" hot-swappable HDD drives. The servers also have a single M.2 2280 SATA slot for boot SSD. Additionally the servers support 6x DIMM sockets and two FHFL PCIe x8 Gen3 slots.

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by Adam Armstrong

IDC Release 3Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the third quarter of this year. Again we see the numbers trending up for server sales, this marking the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth. And once again, we see Dell make the top of the list.

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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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