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

IDC Releases Its 1Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker; Dell EMC Keeps Top Spot

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the first quarter of this year. It is looking to be a good year to be a server vendor with the numbers looking up. Dell EMC is having a particularly good go, expanding their lead, in both revenue and units shipped, in the server market.  

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Announces AI & HPC With NVIDIA At GTC

Today at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Taiwan 2018, Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced the adoption of NVIDIA’s HGX-2 cloud server platform for artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC). Supermicro is also showcasing its new GPU-optimized platforms based off of NVIDIA Tesla V100 PCI-E and V100 SXM2 Tensor Core GPU accelerators in its Platinum Sponsor Booth. These new platforms also address the demands of AI as well as deep learning and big data analytics.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE S451-3R0 Storage Server Now Available

GIGABYTE has released the new S451-3R0 storage server, featuring a dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors and configurations up to 36 x 3.5” + 2 x 2.5” SSDs/HDDs. As a result, the S451-3R0  provides businesses with performance, capacity and flexibility it needs to excel for block or object storage, streaming media, big data use cases, and when high performance during heavy workloads is required.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Introduces PowerMax, New VxBlock System, & Enhanced XtremIO

Today At Dell Technologies World 2018, Dell EMC made several new product announcements around improving the modern data center with new levels of performance and efficiency. The new products include what Dell EMC is calling the world's fastest storage array, the PowerMax, an end-to-end engineered NVMe array that is also ready for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). Dell EMC is launching a new VxBlock 1000 System with support for PowerMax and is updated XtremIO adding native replication. The new products are suited for today's needs as well as the needs of the future.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Unveils PowerEdge Servers For AI & ML

Today at Dell Technologies World 2018, Dell EMC announced two new four-socket 14th generation PowerEdge server aimed at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) the PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840. The company also announced the latest version of Dell Precision Optimizer, version 5.0, further strengthening AI and ML capabilities. Dell EMC is tightening is relationship with Intel so that both companies can advance AI community innovation, and ML and DL (deep learning) capabilities with Dell EMC Ready Solutions. 

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE Refreshes AMD EPYC Server Line

GIGABYTE announced that it has refreshed their AMD EPYC 1U and 2U server family, adding the 1U form factor R181-Z90, R181-Z91 and R181-Z92, and the 2U form factor R281-Z91 and R281-Z92 models. Various updated options that support a range of different storage device combinations, as well as further NVMe connectivity to integrate denser, high bandwidth storage, have been added.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vSAN Support For Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center Announced

VMware announces vSAN support for Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC) products, further extending the hyper-converged infrastructure market into harsh environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are needed. The main benefit of vSAN is how it simplifies storage and storage management while delivering more performance, so this would certainly be a welcomed addition to Klas Telecom's portfolio.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Unveils Efficient Water-Cooled ThinkSystem SD650 For HPC

Lenovo announce that its new ThinkSystem SD650 server with warm water cooling has been shown to improve efficiency, performance, and cost savings for a customer. The ThinkSystem SD650 server along with the NeXtScale n1200 Direct Water Cooling enclosure are ideal for High-Performance Computing (HPC) where cooling and power consumption are areas that need close attention. The SD650 server and its water cooling are the result of several years of working with Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) in Germany.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Adds AMD EPYC CPU-Based PowerEdge Servers To Its Portfolio

Today Dell EMC announced new 14th generation PowerEdge serves with the AMD EPYC processors instead of Intel. The three new servers, PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415, and PowerEdge R7425, are designed for software-defined environments, the edge, and high-performance computing (HPC). The company states that the new servers can offer up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Unveils Storage Solutions For AI, IoT Mini Server, & Companion Robot At CES 2018

QNAP will be showcasing its “full-throttle” NAS innovations focused on artificial intelligence at CES 2018. These new technologies include: a new AI developer package along with a GPU-accelerated NAS for AI machine learning, the next-generation single-board IoT mini server for small-scale/private IoT applications or large-scale/public IoT deployments, and a new companion robot that acts as an AI assistant for the home.

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