overview of the server iron market

overview of the server iron market

Hello, Habre! Summer is usually a pretty inactive time for new server hardware announcements, but I managed to collect some interesting news. We continue our monthly column with a review of new iron. AMD pleases with new desktop processors, despite the off-season (we would like Ryzen 5 7500F in

dedicated servers

?), and Solidigm – very interesting new drives in U.2 and E1.L form factors. Let’s look at the first one.

Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 7500F

Source

AMD launched the sale of a budget desktop processor Ryzen 5 7500F. The processor does not have integrated graphics, but there are 6 cores with a decent base frequency of 3.7 GHz and TDP65W on the AM5 socket. It’s a great budget solution that will work for, for example, our line of Chipcore servers with desktop processors. Currently, we use Intel Core i3-12100 (4 cores 3.3 GHz) as the base CPU in this segment.

AMD Ryzen 9 c 3D V-Cache

Another novelty in the desktop processor segment is a 16-core processor

AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D

with a base frequency of 2.3 GHz, integrated graphics and additional cache memory 3D V-Cache. IN

last month

I already wrote about processors with additional cache, but on the AMD EPYC server segment. It is not clear who needs an increased cache.

The TDP of the new CPU is only 55W, which makes it a great option for placement in a data center. However, the FL1 socket for mobile computers practically excludes the use of servers.

Platforms


MegaDC ARM platforms

The Supermicro company presented a line

MegaDC ARM platforms

on AmpereOne processors. A total of three models in 1U and 2U cases have been announced, with support for one CPU up to 192 cores, 16 memory sticks, from 4 to 12 disks. Also, depending on the model, you can add from 1 to 4 GPUs. A build with 4 graphics cards would be especially interesting to test against x86 processors – for machine learning and artificial intelligence tasks.

Previously, we tested ARM platforms for working with databases. You can also rent fixed and custom configurations of servers based on the Ampere Altra Max M128-30 processor.

Useful articles


Discs


Two novelties from Transcend

Transcend presented two novelties at once for different application scenarios.

The first is U.2 NVMe UTE210T drives with a capacity of up to 8 TB, suitable for high-performance computing and work with artificial intelligence. Read/write speed up to 7200/6500 MB/s. A key feature of the model is the Power Loss Protection (PLP) function.

The second model – SSD910T – is suitable for data centers and servers. The volume of the disk is up to 960 GB, the interface is SATA-III. The reading and writing speed is low – 390 MB/s. and 448 MB/s, instead, the DWPD value (permissible number of overwrites of the entire volume of the drive per day) reaches 3.01 for 5 years.

D5-P5336 from Solidigm

Solidigm has introduced SSD drives for SDRs with a large volume of data

D5-P5336

in form factors U.2 and E1.L. Disk volume – attention – up to 61.44 TB. The reading speed is up to 7000 MB/s, and the writing speed is up to 3100-3300 MB/s. Depending on the modification. Also available are disks with a smaller volume: 7.68, 15.36 and 30.72 TB. DWPD reaches a value of 0.58 within 5 years.

However, at the moment, you can only buy drives up to 30.72 TB in the E1.L form factor. Other models presented will be available next year. U.2 drives with a large volume are of genuine interest to us, but the expediency of their use in the data center will depend on the price per 1 TB.

RAM


DDR5 memory of a smaller volume

In the past digest I already

told

about 96 GB DDR5 modules. In July, the company Team Group launched

smaller bars

– For 25 GB and 48 GB. The company positions them as an industrial solution with increased service life and increased stability and performance when reading and writing data.

The modules also support operation at high temperatures thanks to graphene radiators. In Selectel data centers, we did not test this manufacturer’s solution. In my opinion, such modules can be a bit excessive – we have a fairly moderate climate without extreme temperature jumps.

SGD


The largest number of novelties is in the SGD segment.

IBM FlashSystem 5045

Before us is a two-unit All-Flash data storage system

FlashSystem 5045

from IBM. Depending on the model, it can have from 25 to 100 TB of usable space. HDDs are not used in this SGS. Instead, it has IBM Safegurad Copy (SGC) and IBM Storage Sentinel technologies, which increase the speed of data access and their protection.

SGD from Synology

Synology introduced a two-unit HDD

UC3400

and

SA3400D

— with 12 disk baskets and expansion to 36 3.5” baskets. The device uses two Intel Xeon D-1541 processors with 8 cores, the amount of RAM varies from 8 to 64 GB per module. Claimed performance of 180,000 IOPS on arbitrary writes.

Four-unit SGD

Went growing. Now let’s consider two-controller SGDs, which will occupy 4U in the rack. From the left –

HA401-TU

from AIC with 24 baskets 3.5″. And on the right –

GS 4048U

from Infotrend with a storage volume of up to 48 U.2 NVMe drives.

Firewalls


News from Fortinet

Fortinet company

announced

new firewall models – NGFW FortiGate 3200F and FortiGate 900G. We rent such equipment, but in our case it is available to customers

older models

. New under FortiOS, the operating system for FortiGate hardware. Firewalls use artificial intelligence technologies that update in real time and protect the user’s infrastructure.

Additional equipment


Raidon Technology extension module

Conclusion

Summer is not the richest period for new products, but even in July equipment manufacturers pleased us with some devices. We are waiting for autumn, which will traditionally bring a rich harvest of server iron.

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