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

Dell EMC Dethrones HPE In Server Shipment & Revenue

Today Dell EMC is happy to announce that they have taken the top spot in both server shipments and revenue. Dell EMC had been shipping more units, they had 18.8% unit share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Now they are reporting that their x86 server revenue increased 37.9% year over year, nabbing the top spot in revenue as well.

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by Kevin OBrien

Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd Server Review

In the spring of 2017, Dell EMC launched the much-anticipated refresh of the PowerEdge lineup, upgrading the PowerEdge lineup to Xeon SP from Broadwell. The refresh included the new R740 server family, which encompasses the mainstream R740 as well as the "extreme disk" version dubbed the R740xd, which we will be looking at in this review. This powerhouse server supports a wide range of storage options, stretching up to eighteen 3.5" or thirty-two 2.5" disks for incredible capacity, or up to twenty-four 2.5" NVMe SSDs, if breakneck storage I/O is more of your forte. Compute and DRAM aren't left in the backseat either, with the R740xd supporting up to dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors with 28 cores each and a peak memory footprint of 3TB max. There are few applications this new server wouldn't excel in, which is exactly the direction Dell EMC took when designing this ever-modular platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Announces A Rugged Version Of its 14G PowerEdge Servers

Recently Dell EMC has made much ado about its recent 14G PowerEdge line of servers. The new servers bring new levels of performance and flexibility and now they are making up the backbone of several of Dell EMC’s product lines, such as it HCI line. Now Dell EMC OEM Solutions is releasing a rugged version of the 14G PowerEdge Servers with the PowerEdge XR2.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New Apollo Systems For AI & HPC

This year at Super Computing 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is expanding its Apollo line to include new high-density compute and storage solutions aimed at high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The company is also announcing a new LTO-8 tape. HPE will be featuring its HPC and AI portfolio at Supercomputing ‘17 conference, booth #925.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases New HPC Solutions & PowerEdge Server

Today at SuperComputing 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Dell EMC made a handful of announcements surrounding HPC and data analytics and how they intend to bring this technology, along with machine learning and deep learning, to the mainstream. The above-mentioned technology can bring several benefits around fraud detection, image processing, financial investment analysis and personalized medicine. To this end, the company is introducing Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Machine and Deep Learning as well as the new Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server aimed at cognitive workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

Premio Announces Intel Skylake Support For Its Server & Storage Solutions

Premio has launched their next generation of server and storage solutions that now feature Intel’s Skylake Xeon Processors. This will bring various substantial improvements to Premio’s high-performance storage lines such as their all-flash Flachestream solution (FlacheSAN1L-D5, FlacheSAN2V-D5, and FlacheSAN2-D5), high-availability Durastreams solution (DSS424S-D5), general-purpose Omnistream solution (OSS1A4-5, OSS212L-D5, OSS212F-D5, OSS224-D5, OSS316-D5, and OSS424-D5), and high-density ScaleStream solution (eDrawer4048S-D5). Premio’s servers are designed to minimize read/write bottlenecks and feature hot-swappable and redundant components, as well as patented tray-less and tool-less designs, for seamless maintenance and efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases PowerEdge R440 & R540

Announced in May and then launched in July, the fourteenth generation (14G) of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge servers were completely redesigned with a focus on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations. Dell EMC has taken a slightly different approach in releasing new servers in the line, with smaller announcements more spread out through the year, such as they did last week with the T640. Once again Dell EMC is releasing two more servers in the PowerEdge Line, the R440 and the R540.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Revamps Its SMB Flash Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new and enhanced storage offerings aimed at the SMB markets. These enhancements run across storage, server, and hyperconverged offerings. The offerings intend to bring cost-effective performance as well as secure infrastructure while increasing application performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge T640 Tower Server Released

Announced in May and then launched in July, the fourteenth generation (14G) of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge servers were completely redesigned with a focus on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations. All of the servers announced were rackmount models aimed at the midrange and up. Recently the company announced yet another 14G PowerEdge server, this time in a tower form factor, the 14G PowerEdge T640.

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by Brian Beeler

HPE Cloudline CL3150 Launched

Last month HPE quietly launched their latest Cloudline server, the CL3150 G4, and this month they're due to start shipping. The Cloudline CL3150 is designed for speed, leveraging a unique configuration to hit its performance targets. The CL3150 uses a 1U chassis that is paired with an AMD EPYC CPU and an astonishing 24 NVMe SSDs (or 22 NMVe SSDs and 2 SATA SSDs). The EPYC CPU offers 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes which is fundamental to unleashing the potential of the NVMe SSDs, along with eight DDR4 DIMM slots. On the networking side, the server offers support for an OCP Mezzanine, 10/25/50GbE card options, 100GbE PCIe add-in card. The CL3150 is part of the larger HPE Cloudline family which is based on open design principles that deliver reduced cost, while still offering HPE's support and engineering experience. 

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