NVMe storage is nothing new in the enterprise sector, it is where it started before it became almost affordable for us normal human beings. We get more and more NVMe drives on the market, so the step onto making servers with hot-swappable NVMe drive bays. Gigabyte presented two new servers in this category during the Supercomputing 2015 show in Austin, Texas. The above pictured is the H27N-H70 High-Density NVMe Server and the one picture below is the R18N-F2A 1U 10-bay NVMe server.
The two new server are part of a larger line-up with more systems to come. Compared to SATA III and SAS3 interfaces, NVMe drives bring significantly higher IOPS as well as lower latency and power consumption. The H27N-H70 is a 2U 4-node system with support for Intel’s E5-2600 V3 CPUs and C612 chipset. They support up to 64 RDIMM or LRDIMM modules and you can add up to 8 hot-swappable NVMe drives and eight more SAS/SATA 6Gbps drives. All that is connected through eight Intel I350 controlled Gigabit Ethernet ports and the system is naturally also IPMI 2.0 remote controllable. It features dual 1600W 80 Plus platinum power supplies and has root for four half-length half-height expansion cards as well as 4 mezzanine card slots.
The R18N-F2A is only a 1U server, but it still features 10 drive bays. It is however only two of those that are NVMe bays and the last eight are SAS/SATA 6Gbps bays. The server also works on a Xeon E5-2600 V3 base and can support up to 24 RDIMM or LRDIMMs. You can expand the system with two half-length full-height and one half-length low-profile expansion card or a mezzanine card instead. This server also features dual 80 Plus Platinum rated PSUs, but only 800W models. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports controlled by Intel’s I350 and also feature IPMI 2.0 remote management and iKVM.
H27N-H70 – High-Density NVMe Server
R18N-F2A – 1U 10 Bays NVMe Server