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Published on: September 30, 2014 by Irina

A global leader in high-performance and high-efficiency server and storage technology, Supermicro is releasing its most extensive line of X10 Server Building Block Solutions this week in San Francisco at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014. This line features the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v3 family. Supermicro's new 1U/2U Ultra SuperServer® solutions will be one of the main highlights at the show. Combined with the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3, this server provides outstanding performance up to and impressive 1.5TB of DDR4 2133MHz Reg ECC memory in 24x DIMMs and Intel® Xeon® Phi' coprocessor support. The new adaptable Ultra architecture easily supports dual or quad port 1G, 10GBASE-T, 10G SFP+, 40G Ethernet InfiniBand options, 12Gb/s SAS3 with hardware RAID, hot-swappable NVMe storage, and up to either eight PCI-E 3.0 Add-on-Cards (AoC) in 1U or four AoCs in 2U. To top it off with, each customizable solution is equipped with Supermicro’s new Titanium level high-efficiency Digital power supplies that help cut power consumption while boosting performance per and giving you more bang for your buck. The vast X10 line consists of dual and uni-processor solutions which are available in a wide range of DP/UP motherboards on many different platforms such as TwinPro', MicroBlade, FatTwin', SuperBlade®,  Intel® Xeon® Phi' coprocessor, SuperStorage, SuperWorkstation, Data Center Optimized (DCO) and Data Center Optimized (DCO).

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Published on: September 10, 2014 by Irina

Intel has announced its new Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families designed to cope with the increased needs of data centers. They will execute such a vast range of tasks as data analytics, high performing computing, cloud-based services, and telecommunications. Implemented improvementsinto a new generation processors allow Intel to claimit to have up to a three-fold increase in performance compared to the previous generation (Xeon E5 v2 family), so any advanced servers, workstations, storage, and networking infrastructures will benefit from applying these chips.

The unavoidable need for more flexibility and increased levels of automation is addressed by this new age of processors. By supporting a Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), they easily allow powerful and dynamic data centers. Moreover, performance, power efficiency, security, and virtualization all see outstanding benefits with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 product family.

The new processors are in demand for such capabilities as monitoring function cache, allowing more precisely distribute the load; telemetry sensors allowing to get accurate data load of CPU, memory and input-output subsystem. All this makes it possible more precisely to monitor the system, increasing the efficiency of resource use and reducing total cost of ownership.

According to Intel, the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 product family has an extension to Intel Advance Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) which brings the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads while delivering gains of up to 1.9 times in higher performance. In addition to 45MB of last level cache, each socket tops out with up to 18 cores each.

When compared to the previous generations, the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 product family boosts virtualization density with support reaching up to 70 percent more VMs per server. Being supported by DDR4 memory, they also experience a significant gain in memory bandwidth constrained workloads.

Processors are manufactured on 22-nanometer technology with bulk transistors Tri-Gate.

According to the manufacturer, processor Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 have the best performance in the world of energy efficiency. Processors Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 can work in conjunction with the chipset Intel Communications Chipset 89xx for the communications and networking equipment.

Intel intends to sell its E5-2600 v3 product family in 26 different parts at a price range from $213 up to $2,702. The E5-1600 workstations will be sold in six different parts at a price range between $295 and $1,723.

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Published on: July 29, 2014 by Irina

At the Computex Trade Show 2014 Crucial, a leading brand of memory and storage updates,
announced new DDR4 memory modules for server platforms of high-performance.
In fact, increasing the bandwidth up to 31.4 Gbps along with the processing speed, DDR4 remarkably improves
server performance. Crucial DDR4 Server Memory has a maximum data transfer rate of 2133MT/s at 1.2V power supply.
As stated, the server modules are available in the range of 4 to 32 GB.

In addition, Crucial launched the production of Ballistix Elite DDR4 which dramatically boosts gaming performance.
The key features include:
1. Introductory speeds starting at 2666 MT/s and 3000 MT/s
2. Memory bandwidth up to 24GB/s, nearly double the bandwidth of standard DDR3 memory
3. Reduced energy consumption up to 40%
4. Optimized for the latest Intel X99 platforms
5. Available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB kits

The prices for the product have not been released.

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Published on: July 29, 2014 by Irina

During the conference dedicated to publishing the results for last quarter and the 2014 fiscal year, Seagate made it clear that the trial supply of 8TB HDD had been launched.

At the moment, the max capacity of Seagate’s HDD available on the market is 6TB. The new 8TB HDD’s are specially designed for big scale data centers and Clouds. 

Meanwhile, the 8TB hard drive has already been tested and endowed with a positive feedback so it may enter mass production by 2015.

In addition, Seagate is going to work on the development of a 10TB HDD, however, it is not expected on the market sooner than 2016.

Seagate notes that within 3 months (April-June, 2014) 52.5 million drives with a total capacity of 49.6 million exabytes were shipped, showing an increase of 8% compared to the same period in 2013.

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Published on: May 20, 2014 by Irina

According to the updated Intel processors price list Intel has developed 11 new Xeon server chips.

All new products belong to Xeon E3 v3 Family and manufactured at 22 nm. 4cored processors support 8 threads of execution.  Clock frequency ranges from 2.0 to 3.7 GHz, the maximum dissipation of heat - from 25 to 84 watts. The prices vary within $200-800.

Intel processors Core Haswell Refresh are now available. These products as well are based ​​on 22nm technology where Tri-Gate (transistors bulk structure) is applied. Desktop processors imply the use of socket LGA 1150. By installing the latest BIOS for their 8 series motherboard, users will be able to make the best out of improvements that Intel's CPUs have to offer.

In conclusion we would like to mention that in the end of 2014 Intel will launch the production of processors of new generation – Broadwell. Manufactured at 14nm they will become more efficient in terms of energy consumption. And in 2015 Broadwell chips will be superseded by the solutions of Slylake generation. They will stand for an up-to-date graphics controller and memory of DDR4 generation.


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Published on: May 9, 2014 by Irina

Samsung has launched the mass production of the first on the market SSDs ​​based on 3-bit NAND technology.

New storage devices (PM853T SSD) are designed primarily for servers used for social networking sites, web browsing, email, etc.

The new PM853T SSDs are introduced in densities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB.  The Serial ATA 3.0 interface with the bandwidth of up to 6Gb/s serves as a connection to a computer.

Applying Samsung’s 10 nanometer (nm) 3-bit NAND flash components and updated  controller technology, the new drive shows  a sequential read speed of 530 megabytes per second (MB/s), while writing sequentially at  420MB/s. It also will read data randomly at 90,000 IOPS and handle sustained writes at 14,000 IOPS.

According to a forecast from IHS iSuppli, the global market volume of SSDs on the global market will be increased by a third this year compared to 2013 - from $ 9.4 to $ 12.4 billion. In 2017 it is expected to reach $ 20 billion.


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Published on: February 24, 2014 by Emil

The unique chips, which are produced by 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors Technology, have up to 15 cores.  Hyper-Threading Technology allows them to process up to 30 instructions streams.

Upon the official introduction by Intel Xeon E7 v2 chips replaced the previous generation of chips- Xeon E7.

With the 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors Technology new chips have been improved so now they contain total of 4,31 billion Transistors and have 541 square millimeter die.

To the introduced Xeon family of processors belong Xeon E7 2800 v2, 4800 v2 и 8800 v2 for servers with the number of processor sockets to two, four and eight, respectively. The number of cores depending on the modification varies from 6, 8, 10, 12 or 15.

At the moment a total of 20 products of the new generation came out. Clock frequency varies from 1.9 to 3.4 GHz. Turbo Boost is held responsible for increased productivity under intensive computing. The third level Cache reaches up to 37.5 MB. The maximum value of heat dissipated energy (TDP) - 105, 130 or 155 watts.

The chips are supplied with two controllers DDR3; maximum memory per one processor socket is 1.5 terabytes. Achieving max memory bandwidth the developers have made a number of updates. The Integrated controller PCI-Express 3.0 now supports 40 lines.

The comparison of the new generation chips to alternative RISC-architectures products shows that Xeon E7 v2 has higher performance up to 80% with a much lower cost. If we compare the new chips with the previous generation Xeon processors, the average speed has doubled, and the capacity of input-output has increased in four times.

The target audience for the mentioned above chips are large-scale business projects.

Well know companies such as Cisco, IBM, Hitachi, Oracle and Supermicro have already expressed their support of the new generation Xeon chips E7 v2.

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Published on: February 14, 2014 by Irina

Upon the comparative study of modern switches which has been conducted by Miercom, the independent test laboratory, the Cisco Nexus 9508 and Nexus 9516 switches had been evaluated as the fastest ones in the world and characterized by the lowest latency and power consumption compared to similar competitive products.

According to the results of the study the Cisco Systems switches demonstrated superior performance when transferring data via 40GE ports and they also stand out for their IT solutions speed. Regardless of frame sizes, these switches are identified by low latency and show a 65% better result than its competitors. In addition to these, the mentioned model-Cisco Nexus 9508 needs 36% lower of power consumption per 40GE port compared with the most energy efficient solutions in the industry.

This is important to mention that Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switchers are designed to support large data centers, large-scale cloud infrastructure and corporate networks.

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Published on: November 6, 2013 by Irina

The news that the daughter company of Western Digital – Hitachi Global Storage Technologies had developed a new model of hard drive - Ultrastar He6 left the IT-Market star-struck. This is a 3.5-inch hard drive with 50% more capacity than that of other current HDD models. In addition, it consumes 23% less energy and weighs 38% less than the 4TB hard drives.

Such a huge breakthrough is a result of an excellently engineered solution. A sealed container of the HDD is not filled with air as other models, but with helium.

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Published on: October 17, 2013 by Irina

HGST, division of  Western Digital, has announced that now they supply hard-disk drives MegaScale DC 4000.B. These drives of 3.5 inches in size with 4TB capacity are equipped with the SATA 6 Gb / s. They belong to the drives MegaScale of the second generation. According to the manufacturer and taking into consideration users’ feedback, they have further improved the balance between capacity, speed, reliability and power consumption.

In multilevel data storage systems drives MegaScale DC 4000.B are allocated for the storage of large volumes of unstructured data, backup "disk drive", the creation of online archives, long-term storage of data and other tasks, where important parameters are such as unit cost and energy intensity per unit volume.

According to HGST, drives MegaScale DC 4000.B with a spindle speed determined by the CoolSpin technology, are suitable for continuous operation under a load corresponding to rerecording of 180 TB a year. In comparison, high-performance drives Ultrastar 7K4000 with a spindle speed of 7200 rev / min RPM are designed for load of 550 TB a year.

They are designed for Cloud storage, "Video on Demand" and other applications where the combination of high performance, reliability, and storage density is crucial. These drives are characterized by the highest in the industry mean time between failure  - 2 million hours. In the case of MegaScale DC 4000.B drives mean time between failure is estimated at 800 thousand hours.

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