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Supermicro Introduces Storage and Networking Solutions

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October 14, 2010

Supermicro Introduces Storage and Networking Solutions

By Janet Li, TMCnet Contributor

Super Micro Computer, Inc., the global company in server technology innovation and green computing, is introducing new double-sided storage server and JBOD solutions at Storage Networking World (SNW) in Dallas.

Supermicro is also showcasing its storage bridge bay, the Super SBB (SYS (News - Alert)-6036ST-6LR), which is a fully redundant fault-tolerant RAS (reliability, availability and serviceability) system that provides hot-swappable canisters for all active components, and the SSE-X24S, a new top-of-rack twenty-four port 10 GbE switch that provides a high-speed interconnect between 10 GbE-enabled servers while giving them access to the corporate high-speed backbone network.

"Besides providing huge storage capacity, our popular double-sided storage family of solutions provides customers with direct hot-swap access to all storage drives while saving valuable rack space," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro, in a press release. "For example, our SC417 series supports up to 88 hot-swap SAS2 drives in 4U of rack space with forty-eight 2.5-inch drive trays in the front and 40 in the rear, while the new SC837 supports up to 28 hot-swap 3.5-inch SAS (News - Alert) drives in 3U of rack space." With Platinum Level (94 percent+ efficiency) redundant power supplies, the new SC837 JBOD chassis features 28 hot-swap 3.5-inch hard drive trays with 16 in the front and 12 in the rear. 

As the world's only dual-processor (DP) storage bridge bay (SBB) system, Supermicro's SYS-6036ST-6LR offers DP computing power with the advantages of dual-node high-speed cache mirroring for enterprise, mission-critical storage applications. The Supermicro system is a superset of the new SBB standard. The 3U Super SBB supports sixteen 3.5-inch hot-swap HDDs (SAS1, SAS2 or Enterprise SATA) with the option to expand beyond sixteen HDDs by using Supermicro's SBB JBOD system (SYS-937R-E2JB). Each of the two serverboard canisters supports dual-Xeon 5600/5500 series processors, six DIMM slots, three PCI (News - Alert)-E Gen2 slots and 6 Gbps SAS (SAS 2.0) connections. Equipped with 1200W (Gold Level) high-efficiency redundant power supplies and redundant cooling fans, the SYS-6026ST-6LR is a 100 percent availability, high-reliability storage system. Dual 10 GbE connections between each of the two dual-Xeon serverboard canisters coupled with the system midplane deliver high-speed cache mirroring. If one serverboard fails, the other serverboard can control and access the hard drives to keep the system up and running.

The addition of Supermicro's new 10 GbE switch extends Supermicro's portfolio of GbE and InfiniBand switches to enable powerful networking with the cost-effective switches available. This switch is designed from the ground up to deliver enterprise-class performance with advanced switching capabilities. Available in a 1U form factor for either stand-alone or top-of-rack deployments, this Layer 3 switch allows connectivity to 10GbE routers, servers, backbones, and data centers. A comprehensive routing and protocol software suite ensures exceptional performance in even the enterprise-class networking environments, making them ideal for organizations with growing and consolidated data centers. Supermicro customers will further appreciate the common set of features and a management interface that matches those of existing Supermicro 1/10G Layer 2/3 Ethernet switches and the companion Layer 2/3 switch for the SuperBlade.

Supermicro provides customers around the world with application-optimized server, workstation, blade, storage and GPU systems. Based on its advanced server building block solutions, the company offers the most optimized selection for IT, datacenter and HPC deployments. The company's system architecture innovations include the Twin server, double-sided storage and SuperBlade product families. Founded in 1993, Supermicro is headquartered in Silicon Valley with worldwide operations and manufacturing centers in Europe and Asia.

In related news, Super Micro Computer, Inc. is exhibiting a complete product line of GPU-optimized supercomputing servers at the GPU Technology Conference 2010, San Jose Convention Center, Sept. 20 to Sept. 23.

Janet Li is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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