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 Mark Kidd

EchoStreams OSS1A 1U Server Review

The EchoStreams OSS1A is a 1U rack system engineered for use as a flexible appliance server platform most notable for its depth of only 21 inches. The OSS1A incorporates a dual-processor Intel C602A chipset and supports Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 CPUs with up to 384GB of RAM in order to provide the horsepower necessary to handle a variety of duties in space-constrained and field deployments.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Expands its Embedded Computing Solutions Portfolio

Supermicro will be showing off its latest portfolio of Embedded Building Block Solutions this week at Embedded World in Nürnberg, Germany. During this event, Supermicro will focus on its new Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway System (SYS-E100-8Q), which adds to Supermicro’s Embedded solutions ecosystem with an ultra low-power Edge-to-Cloud mesh network device powered by a 2.2W Intel Quark SoC X1021. This new solution features 512GB DDR3 ECC memory, a ZigBee module socket and expansion support with Micro SDHC (up to 32GB), and 2x Mini-PCI-E slots.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D Review

The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D is a storage-dense 1U form factor server that houses up to 20 7mm SATA SSDs. This ultra-high performance flash server is pitched as sustaining 112Gbps of throughput and up to 1 million plus IOPS with 20 SSDs. The platform supports dual Intel Haswell CPUs, up to 512GB of DDR4 RAM, and offers two PCIe Gen3 slots for expansion. The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D has use cases both in the traditional data center and several that couldn't be further away from those friendly confines. The combination of storage density, performance and cost make this unique platform one of the more flexible available. 

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Expands NVMe Support in Server and Storage Platforms

Supermicro Computer has announced the expansion of its portfolio of server and storage solutions supporting Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) storage technology. Supermicro’s numerous NMVe solutions are available across its 1U Ultra and WIO SuperServers, 2U Ultra, TwinPro, EXDP 32DIMM and DCO SuperServers, 4U FatTwin and 7U SuperBlade platforms.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro 1U/2U Ultra Series SuperServers Now Available

Super Micro Computer has released new 1U/2U Ultra Series SuperServers, which feature more flexibility and higher bandwidth I/O in 4x 40G QSFP+, 10G SFP+, 10GBASE-T and 1G configurations. The new servers are equipped with better energy efficiency due to its innovative airflow optimized cooling architecture and redundant 1000W Titanium level, high efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies that support dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 up to 160W. In addition, memory performance has improved by 14% and the new series features the latest in NVMe technology.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell PowerEdge 13G R530 Review

The Dell PowerEdge 13G R530 is a 2U rack server engineered for midrange and virtualized workloads with two sockets for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors. The R530 is built with Intel’s Grantly architecture and a Wellsburg C610 chipset that supports 12 DDR4 DIMM slots, 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, and 3 PCIe 3.0 slots. With a single chassis layout option that features 3.5-inch drive bays, the R530 is oriented towards use cases that require storage density over storage performance.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell PowerEdge 13G R430 Review

The PowerEdge R430 packs Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge compute platform into a 2-socket short-depth 1U rack server. The 13G R430 is built on Intel’s Grantly platform with a Wellsburg C610 chipset that utilizes Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors with 12 DDR4 DIMM slots. The R430 has four chassis options with up to 10 2.5-inch hard drives and two PCIe Gen3 slots, making it attractive for deploying additional compute power to a rack that is tight on space or for use as the foundation for a PowerEdge deployment that is expected to scale over time.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces Two Next-Generation ThinkServer Systems For SMBs

Today Lenovo announced the addition of two new rack servers to its ThinkServer portfolio, the 1U ThinkServer RD350 and the 2U ThinkServer RD450. These new additions are aimed at small to medium businesses that need a balance of performance, capacity, flexibility, and reliability all at a cost effective price point.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell PowerEdge VRTX Refresh (13G)

The Dell PowerEdge VRTX is Dell's answer to the needs of ROBO and small offices that can benefit from the convergence of compute, networking and storage within a tower chassis with a footprint barely larger than a standard PC. Like its 12G-based predecessor, the 13G-enabled VRTX supports up to four server nodes (blades) with options for 25x 2.5-inch drive bays or 12x 3.5-inch bays. Some of the most significant advances for the VRTX platform are offered via the new 13G M630 server node which features increased performance, storage capacity, and management functionality over its 12G M620 predecessor.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge FX2 Review

The Dell PowerEdge FX2 Architecture represents a significant evolution of Dell’s converged infrastructure strategy by offering the PowerEdge FX blade-based architecture in the form of a 2U rackmounted modular compute and storage platform. The PowerEdge FX2 is planned for general availability in December, and in the meantime StorageReview has been working with a review unit in our Enterprise Test Lab in order to develop an analysis of a platform that has the potential to change the way we approach the PowerEdge family and Dell’s converged infrastructure portfolio.

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