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

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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Review

The PowerEdge R640 is a scalable 1U rack server designed for computing and storage via a 2-socket platform. Described as a balance between performance, cost and density, the R640 is built to handle workloads from a range of different data center use cases--particularly dense software-defined storage, service providers, application tier, dense private cloud, virtualization and High Performance Computing (HPC). Moreover, Dell has built the PowerEdge R640 as an easily deployable server and that can seamlessly scale from 3 to 1000+ nodes for software-defined storage using Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 Server Review

Earlier this year, Dell EMC released 2 new single-socket PowerEdge servers with AMD EPYC processors - the PowerEdge R6415 and the PowerEdge R7415. The PowerEdge R7415 is a 2U single-socket server with enterprise-class AMD EPYC processors available. Being a single-socket server, users can expect a cost savings in both lower license costs and power costs, resulting in a better TCO. Of course, AMD has also stated that the price of the CPU is lower than the two CPU counterparts, giving the R7415 access to new workloads where conventional dual-socket systems may not be ideal. The R7415 can be loaded with up to 24 NVMe drives that not only can bring a large performance boost but with the ever increasing density of these drives, can potentially offer incredible capacity. This would position the server ideally for use cases such as software deļ¬ned storage (SDS) or business analytics.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE H261-Z60 2U 4 Node Server Announced

GIGABYTE has announced the release of the 2U 4 Node H261-Z60, the first model from the Density Optimized Server Series that features an AMD EPYC processor. Each node supports dual AMD EPYC 7000 series processors with up to 32 cores, 64 threads and 8 channels of memory per CPU, meaning that they can feature up to 64 cores and 128 threads of compute power. The H261-Z60 also comes equipped with 4 individual hot pluggable sliding node trays that seamlessly slide in and out from the rear of the unit, and features shared cooling and power for the nodes with a dual fan wall of 8 (4 x 2) easy swap fans and 2 x 2200W redundant PSUs.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Announces New CPUs With HPE & Cisco At Computex

This year at the Computex conference in Taipei, AMD announced several new solutions that ran the gamut from client to enterprise and both CPU and GPU. AMD releases a slew of new CPU and GPU options for client compute uses and gaming. The company also announced the immediate availability of EPYC processors for a new HPE single-socket system and for the first Cisco UCS Server platform.

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