by Adam Armstrong

SuperMicro Releases Ultra Dense 6U MicroBlade Solutions

Super Micro Computer Inc. released a new extreme-density sever platform, MicroBlade. These new solutions are aimed at hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. SuperMicro’s MicroBlade also enables VLP DDR4 16/32GB RDIMM, at the cost of regular DIMM, to increase energy efficiency and cooling. SuperMicro claims that the MicroBlade is a converged computing platform that combines the density, ease of use, manageability, high availability, serviceability, efficiency of blade servers with the cost advantage of rack-mount servers.

The MicroBlade is not only cost-effective for its energy efficiency, it also fits in a standard 19” rack for fact with a height of 6U, meaning that companies don’t need to buy a special rack in order to use the MicroBlade. It has high availability by incorporating redundant Titanium-Level high-efficiency (96%+) Digital Switching power supplies, optimized airflow with redundant energy-efficient cooling fans, redundant chassis management modules, and redundant  high-speed, low-latency SDN switches.

The new solutions support Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3, E3-1200 v3, Xeon D-1500, and Atom C2000 series processors. The power-conserving servers feature front access, hot-swappable blade modules. The 28 blade modules integrate compute and storage. And the 1Gb/2.5Gb Ethernet switches and 10Gb Ethernet switch support enhanced features such as: low latency, scalability, Priority Flow Control, and DCBX. These switches simplify cable management and reduce cables up to 95%.

SuperMicro’s 6U MicroBlade Portfolio includes:

  • MBI-6128R-T2/-T2X – performance oriented solution with highest density up to 196 Intel Xeon DP nodes (5488) cores) per 42U rack with 95% cable reduction – supports dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 (up to 14 cores) up to 28x DP servers with 1GbE and 10GbE options. It is an ideal for enterprise as well as cloud computing applications.
  • MBI-6218G-T41X, MBI-6118G-T41X – high density, low power solution featuring 56 Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 (Broadwell-DE) based servers in 6U (up to 392 computing nodes per 42U rack) with 10GbE. It is cost effective solution for scale-out cloud workloads with 10GbE.
  • MBI-6118D-T2/-T2H/-T4/-T4H – high-density, single-socket server solution supporting Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 (up to 84W TDP) and upcoming new processors. Up to 196 Denlow UP nodes per 42U rack and 99% cable reduction. It is designed for such cloud applications as Web hosting, cloud graphics like virtual hosted desktops, cloud gaming, workstation in the cloud, etc.
  • MBI-6418A-T7H/-T5H – ultra low power & cost-effective solution using 8-Core Intel Atom Processor C2000, with up to 112 nodes in 6U (up to 784 computing nodes per 42U rack) enclosure. It is a solution for such cloud applications as dedicated hosting, Web serving, memory caching, content delivery, etc.


MicroBlade solutions are available now.

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