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 Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family Announced To Help Improve Storage Performance

‚ÄčIntel has announced the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family to aid companies in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, banking, and transportation, to turn data into actionable insights. The new Intel family is also designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on vast amount of diverse data.

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by Mark Kidd

WD Sentinel DS6100 Review

The WD Sentinel DS6100 is a 8 x 9 x 6-inch pedestal which can serve up to 16TB of unified NAS and iSCSI storage. The DS6100 and its sibling the DS5100 are two recent additions to WD’s growing Sentinel Series lineup of small business network storage appliances, which consolidate primary server and storage solutions for small businesses and branch offices. The DS6100 offers simple deployment with quick access to Microsoft Windows Server 2102 Essentials, allowing the integrated server and storage device that can provide services and applications on the network alongside storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo Announces the ThinkServer RD340, RD440, TD340, and SA120 DAS

Lenovo has announced the 1U ThinkServer RD340 two-processor rack server, the storage-rich, 2U ThinkServer RD440 two-processor rack server, and the ThinkServer TD340, a new enterprise-grade, two-processor tower server, designed for customers who require full enterprise capability in a tower form factor. Additionally, Lenovo has unveiled the ThinkServer SA120, which is a modular and scalable rack-mount, direct-attached storage (DAS) enclosure.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperStorage Server 2027R-AR24NV Review

The Supermicro SuperStorage Server AR24NV is a high-end storage system built around leading SAS3 12Gb/s technology. It offers seamless migration from SAS2 to SAS3 for SES-2 layer in terms of storage enclosure management, delivering performance that has the ability to realize the full potential of PCIe 3.0-enabled motherboards and SSD storage solutions. The 2027R-AR24NV is comprised of two main subsystems: the SC216A-R920LPB 2U 24-bay chassis and the Super X9DRH-iF-NV dual-processor serverboard. The main attraction though is an all-new 24-bay SAS3 12Gb/s backplane optimized for the latest generation of SSDs as well as an impressive 7 PCIe 3.0 slots to support a wide range RAID/HBA and networking interconnect options.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R820 12G Review

The Dell PowerEdge R820 is a versatile and high-performance 2U rack server intended for compute and storage-intensive applications and virtualization in midsize and large enterprises. The R820 provides 48 memory DIMMs with up to 1.5TB of DDR3 along with seven PCIe 3.0 slots, support for optional GPU accelerators, and a selection of Dell Select Network Adapters for connectivity to various major network fabrics without requiring a PCIe slot. The R820 is also available with a compelling feature for accelerating the server’s I/O operations: four optional hot-plug, front-access Express Flash PCIe SSDs for high-performance in-box storage tiering.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

StorageReview Lenovo ThinkServer RD630 Universal Testing Platform

When it comes to storage benchmarking, the proven platform of the StorageReview Test Lab is the Lenovo ThinkServer RD630. Built around the Intel Sandy Bridge microarchitecture with dual E5-2600-series CPUs and open standards, the RD630 is a formidable server offering high-performance resources and great hardware compatibility. Over the past year, StorageReview has partnered with Lenovo to incorporate the RD630 into a wide range of tests, instead of leveraging proprietary and frequently use-case limited hardware. Utilizing industry-standard storage HBAs and networking adapters, the RD630 has proven itself evaluating multitudes of storage products, including locally attached SAS, SATA, or PCIe storage as well as networked attached storage over 1GbE, Twinax and 10GBase-t 10GbE, 40GbE, 8/16Gb Fibre Channel, and 56Gb InfiniBand. In this guide we cover the hardware and software needed to replicate our synthetic testing environment to help make the StorageReview test bench an open platform.

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by Mark Kidd

WD DS5100 and DS6100 Ultra-Compact Windows SMB Servers Announced

WD today introduced new Sentinel DS5100 and DS6100 ultra-compact servers, engineered to provide network storage in addition to the functionality offered by pre-installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The Sentinel S-series features Intel Xeon quad-core processors and ships pre-populated with WD Se enterprise-class 3.5-inch hard drives offering up to 16 TB of raw storage as well as up to two, 2.5-inch boot drives. WD has emphasized rapid deployment and suitability as a 'first server' as the company’s entry point into this new market via the DS5100 and DS6100. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro X9DRX+-F Review

The Supermicro X9DRX+-F is a unique member of the generation X9 server boards that deliver performance, scalability and efficiency in that it also supports 11 PCIe slots (10 PCIe 3.0 x 8 and 1 PCIe 2.0 x4) and 10 USB ports. The X9DRX+-F also features the Intel C602 chipset and supports the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 “Ivy Bridge” family, and with 16x DIMM sockets users can leverage up to 1TB DDR3 1600MHz RAM or up to 1866MHz in a one DIMM per channel configuration. With its impressive number of PCIe slots this motherboard stands out in a crowded enterprise space as the go-to platform for many new all-flash storage arrays from flash vendors such as Fusion-io, Micron, and others.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge VRTX Review

The Dell PowerEdge VRTX features a tower form factor and delivers primary storage via as many as 25 SFF or 12 LFF drives and implements four server nodes with two SFF drives each. The server nodes are Dell PowerEdge M620 or M520s, and with either option, the VRTX can deliver up to 64 physical processing cores (128 logical cores). The M620 maxes out with the Intel E5-2680 which is clocked at 2.7GHz, while the top-end for the M520 is the Intel E5-2470 at 2.3GHz. The M620s also provide 24 DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of RAM each for a maximum capacity of 3072GB of RAM across the four server nodes; the M520 has 12 DIMM slots that also support 32GB each. As for design, at 5U the VRTX is rackable, but primarily is tailored for organizations that require robust performance from a unified system to simplify management and reduce hardware footprint and IT expenses. The VRTX is ideal for SMBs and remote/branch offices avoiding allocating the space/budget for a traditional server rack that also enjoy the consolidation of their IT equipment into a single chassis.

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by Bill Valle

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Announced

HP is announcing their new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 which delivers over 550,000 IOPS and has extremely low latency with a 0.7ms response time, and it doesn’t require a separate storage architecture. The new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage enables customers to improve application response time with flash specific software optimizations such as adaptive read and write optimization and autonomic cache offload which dynamically adjust the granularity of cache-to-flash operations based on demand. Also, the system sustains high performance with multi-tenant I/O processing and higher-performance mesh-active clustered controllers which ensure that all application volumes are active on all disks and controllers at the same time. The system also manages flash efficiently with the new media wear gauge, it extends media lifespan with load-balancing. On top of all of this, it lowers costs by reducing capacity requirements by 50%+.

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