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#1 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:42 PM

The Supermicro SuperStorage Server AR24NV is a high-end storage system built around leading SAS3 12Gb/s technology. It offers seamless migration from SAS2 to SAS3 for SES-2 layer in terms of storage enclosure management, delivering performance that has the ability to realize the full potential of PCIe 3.0-enabled motherboards and SSD storage solutions. The 2027R-AR24NV is comprised of two main subsystems: the SC216A-R920LPB 2U 24-bay chassis and the Super X9DRH-iF-NV dual-processor serverboard. The main attraction though is an all-new 24-bay SAS3 12Gb/s backplane optimized for the latest generation of SSDs as well as an impressive 7 PCIe 3.0 slots to support a wide range RAID/HBA and networking interconnect options.

 

Supermicro SuperStorage Server 2027R-AR24NV


#2 MRFS

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:27 PM

>  The use cases get even more compelling for those wanting to reach into even more fringe waters with the support for NVDIMM.

 

I would prefer a better term than "fringe" and its somewhat negative connotation.

 

Perhaps "emerging trend now visible on the near horizon" :)

 

For those who are interested, we highly recommend the excellent webinar on

NVDIMMs by Jeff Chang, VP of Marketing and Business Development at AgigA Tech:

NVDIMM's - Persistence Pays

https://www.brightta...bcast/663/95329

 

 

Jeff and I had a lively exchange, after I shared some of my own ideas with him:

he was very generous with his replies.

 

Check it out!


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:39 AM

We love the promise of NVDIMM but it's years away from any significant adoption. Too many compromises right now for anyone other than "fringe" use cases.

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#4 MRFS

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:54 PM

>  We love the promise of NVDIMM but it's years away from any significant adoption.

 

I honestly do not believe that "significant adoption" should be

one of the major criteria by which to evaluate NVDIMMs at the present time --

either the ones available now, nor the ones visible on the near horizon.

 

Imagine continuous improvements in DRAM densities, and

the ability to load an OS directly into DRAM, e.g. perhaps

in an upper-most address region.

 

Then, with NVDIMMs hosting that OS, the possibility of a

truly INSTANT ON computer comes that much closer to reality.

 

Sure, enhancements will need to be added to UEFI subsystems,

but that's one of UEFI's greatest attributes.

 

Consider a "FORMAT RAM" option in a UEFI menu

before running Windows Setup the very first time.

 

 

I'm thinking out loud here, but I do believe that functionality

as close as possible to an ON/OFF light switch is certainly

an ability worth pursuing:

 

Switch ON and the Windows Desktop appears in less than one second.

 

What's not to like?

 

 

We have an ASRock micro ATX motherboard which implements

an "Instant Boot" feature that does reach the Windows Desktop in about

10 seconds, but it requires 2 SHUTDOWNs to activate "sleep mode".

 

 

http://www.asrock.co...re/instantboot/


Brian,

 

We would LUV your comments after viewing Jeff Chang's webinar:  NVDIMM's:  Persistence Pays


#5 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:02 PM

Well just to be fair, instant-on isn't a feature that would help any enterprise environment ;) Most servers enter duty and aren't turned off until power failure or eventual replacement.

 

As to quicker boot times, your luck if your new Dell or HP server goes from power on to booting VMware, Windows, Linux, etc in under 3-4 minutes even with the fastest storage behind it. They run so many pre-boot checks that the OS sitting inside RAM wouldn't help out.


#6 MRFS

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:39 AM

>  They run so many pre-boot checks that the OS sitting inside RAM wouldn't help out.

 

Very good point.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

Im looking for new storage (this likes for me for its performance - maybe see it on yours tests).

I have a questions:

- in article you added (or changed by 3xadaptec in IT mode) to Supermicro in specification fileserver  2xAdaptec 81605ZQ? Why 2x? Canged  or added?

 

And what about if i need connect to them 1x external JBOD with 2x SAS connector? Must add next card with external connector?


#8 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:46 PM

The Adaptec cards are cards we installed seperately in the file server (removing the LSI-based HBAs that were included). If you want to attach to an external JBOD or work with another configuration, you'd have to purchase a card for that purpose.


#9 mimi

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:50 PM

OK remove old card, but insert two card´s??

Maybe there was six cables (two on each card) - now we need three cables on each new adapter??


#10 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

It really depends on how you want your particular server setup. In our final build we have 16 drives (4 cables) connected to one card and 8 drives (2 cables) connected to another.





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