GIGABYTE Launches Intel Xeon D-1500 Server Motherboards

Intel launched the very impressive Intel Xeon D-1500 System on Chip (SoC) last year and now GIGABYTE is ready with four new server boards based on this tiny wonder chip. The Xeon D-1500 family is a series aimed at low power and high-density server applications and it great at that as we’ve seen in our review section.

While I said that there are four new motherboards in this line-up, that’s both true and false at the same time. A better way to say it would probably be that there are two new motherboards that each come in two versions. The difference between the two versions is the SoC that has been used. Two of the motherboards use an Intel Xeon D-1521 processor while the other two use the faster Intel Xeon D-1541 processors. The motherboards are identical on all the other parts than the SoC.

The MB10-DS4 and MB10-DS3 server motherboards come with four cores/eight threads and eight cores/sixteen threads respectively from the SoC and are equally well packed on connectivity. Despite the small mITX form factor, these motherboards still pack dual 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports as well as dual 1GbE LAN ports for optimal connectivity. There’s also a dedicated IPMI 2.0 remote management port with iKVM support. With four DIMM slots, these motherboards can take up to 128GB ECC DDR4 memory and run it at 2133MHz.

Being server motherboards, these come with a rear IO ID button as well as a power button and LEDs for quick diagnostics. There’s also a D-Sub VGA port and two USB 3.0 ports. You can connect two more USB 3.0 ports via the onboard header, but we don’t find any USB 2.0 at all. There are six SATA ports for your drives and you also get a single PCI Express x16 Gen3 slot on the motherboard. The integrated display option is powered by the well-known Aspeed AST2400.

We find the same setup as on the above motherboards when we look at the MB10-DS1 and MB10-DS0 server motherboards, except for one difference. These motherboards don’t have the two 10GbE LAN ports that the above two come with. The faster network connection is something that will increase the price slightly per system which in return quickly runs up when a lot of systems have to be deployed. If you don’t need it, then don’t pay for it and get the versions without. It’s great to see so many options for what’s basically one motherboard with a few changes each time.

QNAP Launches AMD-Powered TS-x63U Series Rackmount NAS

QNAP announced a new NAS series and this time it is built around an AMD G-Series quad-core processor, the TS-x63U Turbo NAS. These new NAS units come as 4-bay, 8-bay, and 12-bay version and can be had with single or redundant power supplies. I for one love this and am pleased to see more NAS units being built around an AMD chip, something that can be highly beneficial for many people. The new TS-x63U NAS units feature four normal Gigabit Ethernet connections as well as a single-port SFP+ network adapter that provides 10 GbE connectivity for that extra speed.

The CPU used is a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor and the units come with 4GB DDR3L RAM pre-installed, but you can upgrade that to 16GB if it shouldn’t be enough for your needs. The NAS units also feature AES-NI hardware encryption engine that allows unmatched sequential read performance that exceeds 780MB/s with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption. Without encryption, the units can perform with up to 1090MB/s sequential throughput.

The TS-X63U Turbo NAS units run the latest QTS 4.2 operating system and they’re also able to run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android-based virtual machines. You can operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the NAS as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry by using the Container Station which integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualisation technologies. They also allow you to simplify virtual storage management for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix virtualization solutions.

You can also expand the units with QNAP’s 12-bay and 8-bay expansion units and add up to 24 extra drive bays on top of the ones already built-in. The new NAS units should be available as of now, so all that’s left is to pick the one that suits your needs the best.

Redundant power supply:

  • TS-463U-RP:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U-RP:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U-RP:12-bay rackmount model

Single power supply:

  • TS-463U:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U:12-bay rackmount model

QNAP Releases High-Performance 4-Bay TVS-x71U Turbo VNAS Series

QNAP expands their rack mounted NAS series even more, this time with the new TVS-471U four-bay NAS. There will be several models of this NAS where some come with single power supply and other with redundant PSUs. The last ones are recognizable by the RP in the naming.

Processor wise there will be two models to choose from, the TVS-471U-PT-4G with an Intel Pentium G3250 3.1GHz dual-core processor and the TVS-471U-i3-4G with an Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz dual core processor. Both models come with 4GB DDR3 RAM and can be upgraded to more.

Besides having four storage bays, RAM and a CPU, the new QNAP NAS also feature four Gigabit LAN ports and are 10GbE ready thanks to the PCIe expansion slot. You also get four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port. Inside it also features two internal cache ports.

The 4-bay rackmount TVS-471U series is capable of providing over 1,500 MB/s throughput and 128,000 IOPS for CPU-intensive tasks including Virtualization Station, serving large numbers of simultaneous connections, and 4K video playback and transcoding.

The newly added Qsirch helps finding files as fast as possible no matter how much storage you have, and you can have a lot. With the optional QNAP REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP RAID expansion enclosures, you can expand this system up to 1PB.

The QvPC technology eases the VM integration and allows you to use the NAS directly and have access to everything from the system itself. Monitor your surveillance feeds, watch 4K videos, or load files – not a problem.

The TVS-471U series is iSCSI-SAN unified storage and supports VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management and facilitates cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX platforms. Besides supporting Windows AD, LDAP directory services, and Windows ACL for efficient permission settings, the TVS-471U series also acts as a domain controller for Windows. Flexible backup solutions for Windows and Mac users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, Rsync and cloud storage backup are also included.

QNAP’s Triple Storage Solution With Thunderbolt NAS at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We stopped by the QNAP booth to check out what they had in stock this year and it’s far from the usual.

On display is the new TS-871T that isn’t just an NAS with iSCSI support, it is also a DAS unit allowing you to connect it directly via a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. Usually you just get one or the other, but not so with QNAP that packed it all into one great unit especially great for video professionals.

Not only is the TSV-871T a triple storage solution, it also packs an amazing punch under the hood. It is based around a quad-core Intel i7 CPU and supports full 4K video output via the built-in HDMI connector.

Eight drive bays and 16GB RAM will make everything run as smooth as it should. A unit like this can’t be missing QNAP’s amazing QvPC technology that allows you to run almost any operating system in a virtual environment and directly on the NAS thanks to the VMstation.

The two expansion slots are used for the Thunderbolt and extra 10GB/s LAN connections here, but that could technically be changed to whatever you need – if you need more. The units already has everything you could want from normal Gigabit Ethernet ports over 10GbE and Thunderbolt to USB 2.0 and 3.0. A universal connection wonder.

On the demo stand the unit was connected directly to an Apple system for a demonstration of the Thunderbolt Interface.

Transfer speeds of up to 950MB/s isn’t something you’ll see every day from NAS units.

New is also the Qsirch, a google like search but for your NAS. This new feature will easily allow you find anything you remember to have stored on your NAS just as easy as it is to use any search engine.

Cloud backup is an important factor these days, both for collaborating on work but also for extra safekeeping of your files in case disaster should strike. QNAP has this covered from Microsoft OneDrive over GoogleDrive to Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud server. FTP, Microsoft networking, and WebDAV are also part of QNAPs functions.

Streaming and playback isn’t an issue either. Select the output device and connection and it’s playing.

Storage snapshots are just what they sound like and allow you to rollback to previous times in your storage. Messed something up? just go back to previous backups and restore it.

QNAP Announced Affordable AMD Powered 10GbE-Ready 5-Bay SMB NAS

I have long been a supporter of AMD processors in the NAS segment and built numerous systems on such a base myself. I am not the only one that thinks there is potential here as QNAP continues to strengthen their AMD portfolio with a new 5-bay Turbo-NAS based on AMD’s G-Series processors.

The new QNAP TS-563 comes equipped with a 2GHz SoC processor, 2GB or 8GB RAM depending on model and support for up to 16GB, AES-NI hardware-encryption, SSD cache, AMD-V virtualization, and it is also 10Gb Ethernet ready thanks to a low profile PCIe slot.

“The TS-563 is our most affordable 10GbE-ready quad-core NAS with hardware-accelerated encryption and virtual machine support. It is a fast and scalable NAS solution designed for optimizing business applications and satisfying quickly-growing data storage needs while providing 10GbE readiness for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Besides the five drive bays, the TS-563 has five USB 3.0 and two gigabit ethernet port. The USB ports can be used for printers, pen drives, external enclosures, UPS, and much more. The two gigabit ethernet ports can be expanded thanks to the PCIe Gen2 x4 slot with two more GbE or two 10GbE ports. The system itself resides on a 512MB Flash module.

 

With the support for AMD-V technology, the TS-563 can operate multiple Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android-based virtual machines. The Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshots, VM import/export, user permissions, and more.

Businesses can rest assured that the usual SMB features are present. The units support VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization solutions just as well as cross-platform sharing, Windows AD, LDAP, ACL, domain controller, RTRR, Rsync, and cloud storage.

An extra and nice touch is the Surveillance Station that comes with 4 IP camera channels included and support for up to 40. Use your NAS to keep an eye on your property too. The TS-563 also supports the5-bay and 8-bay QNAP expansion enclosures to expand your storage needs beyond the built-in drive bays.

The new TS-563 Turbo NAS will be available in a couple of weeks. There is no word on pricing yet, but since QNAP started out by labeling it as a unit that brings premium business features at a competitive price, we can assume that it will come with a wallet-friendly price.

Thecus Tease Us With New NAS Units for Computex

As so many companies right now, Thecus is getting ready to show off their latest development, ideas, and solutions at Computex in Taipei next month.

“Computex provides a great venue for us unveil our latest technologies and display existing products,” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus. “Users will be able to experience our wide range of NAS solutions for home, small/medium business, and enterprise uses.”

Among the units that they’re going to show off are their Windows-based solutions of which we already reviewed the W4000. These units make it easier than ever to incorporate Windows-based features into your network for a relative low price. Setting up your Azure or Office 365 on your SMB network has never been so easy.

But also newer units such as the recently released N5810 Pro NAS, that we also already reviewed for you. This is an amazing unit that doesn’t just add the usual enthusiast features but packs one on top with 5 LAN ports, 5 HDD trays, built-in miniUPS and HTPC function.

What got me excited is the yet promise, or tease, that they’re going to unveil and show off two new and yet unreleased SMB/Enterprise solutions including a 7-bay tower NAS and a 8-bay rackmount unit. These new NAS devices will be powered by Intel Core i3 processors, most likely Haswell, have 4GB built-in memory that is upgradeable to 32GB, and last but not least come 10G-ready.

 

QNAP Launched TVS-x71 Series vNAS With 4K UHD Video Playback and Transcoding

If the new QNAP TVS-x61 series with AMD processors weren’t the right match for you, then the new TVS-x71 series Turbo vNAS based on Intel CPUs with 4K Ultra-High-Definition and 10Gb Ethernet support might be.

The new series is available as 4, 6 and 8-bay tower form-factor models and all of them are powered by the latest Intel Haswell CPUs, but which one depends on the model choice. These processors deliver high performance with over 2,300 MB/s throughput and 135,000 IOPS for CPU-consuming tasks such as running Virtualization Station, real-time 4K video playback and transcoding, and serving large numbers of simultaneous connections. All units have four Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and SATA 3 6Gb/s ports for 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives.

“The high-quality hardware provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode high resolution videos in real-time or offline, and to enhance their business productivity with integrated SMB features,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP.

4K video playback via the integrated HDMI has minimal impact on the NAS performance and the TVS-x71 series delivers real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding that converts videos to universal formats for playback on PCs, mobile devices, and Smart TVs.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology includes VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies by simply connecting a keyboard, mouse and to the NAS. Users can directly access stored data, run multiple applications on Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web with Chrome or Firefox, and enjoy 4K videos with 7.1 surround sound through XBMC, and much more.

The new TVS-x71 series Turbo vNAS should be available now or very shortly at retailers around the world.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

QNAP Releases TVS-ECx80+ Edge Cloud Turbo vNAS

At what point do we start to call just call it a server again and not an NAS, that’s a very good question. Qnap sure pushes that line with their latest TVS-ECx80+ series of Edge Cloud Turbo vNAS devices. On devices like this, the term NAS probably more points towards the ease of setup due to the operating system used; one that has been specially tuned to work on this particular hardware.

The new TVS-ECx80+ Turbo vNAS series includes four models so far. The TVS-EC1080+, the TVS-EC1080 and the TVS-EC880 are powered by Intel Xeon E3-1245 v3 processors with 3.4GHZ or above. They offer 10 and 8 bays respectively and the flagship Plus model comes with 32GB DDR3 memory, pre-installed dual 10Gb Ethernet ports and built-in 256GB mSATA modules for a superior performance of up to 2000MB/s throughput and 223K IOPS. The fourth model is the TVS-EC1080-i3 and is based on an Intel Core i3-4150 processor instead of the Xeon.

The new line continues the trend with easy upgradeable memory and in this case also mSATA modules. It runs the latest QTS operating system that features a tablet-style interface with 4K2K UHD video playback and transcoding capabilities, virtualization via QvPC that allows you to run Windows, *nix and Android based VMs directly on the NAS with full keyboard and mouse support as well as 7.1 audio and much more. Server administrators can also manage other Qnap NAS devices through this centralized one, making their job a lot easier.

Key specifications on the TVS-ECx80 series

  • TVS-EC1080+-E3-32G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 32GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x 10 Gigabit LAN and 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 256GB mSATA cache, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-E3-16G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-E3-8G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-i3-8G: 10-bay tower model, Dual-core Intel® Core i3-4150 3.5 GHz processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC880-E3-16G: 8-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC880-E3-8G: 8-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI

The new devices should be available now, meaning they should arrive at your favourite NAS retailer very soon.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of QNAP

Intel “Broadwell-DE” 14nm Low Power CPUs and SoCs To Arrive This Year

Intel will apparently broaden its low power CPU offerings later this year with the arrival of Broadwell. The current line-up consists of the socketed Xeon E3 Haswell CPUs and the Atom C2000 SoCs – both based on 22nm technology. From later on this year Intel will apparently bring Broadwell technology into the line-up in the form of both traditional socketed CPUs that will replace the current Xeon E3 line but also new BGA package SoCs that will sit alongside those traditional socketed CPUs. These new BGA SoCs are the “Broadwell-DE” family and form the “Grangeville” platform. The current Atom line-up will be replaced by the newer Denverton 14nm based Atom processors.

Broadwell-DE will be manufactured in a BGA package and early details suggest up to 8 cores will be available all using 14nm Broadwell technology. The BGA CPUs will also integrate a memory controller, I/O block and PCH logic. There is 1.5MB of L3 cache per core so 12MB of L3 cache on a fully fledged 8 core part. The Broadwell-DE platform features Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, VT-x and VT-d virtualization, Trusted Execution, AES and AVX2 extensions, QuickData technology 3.3, Processor Trace (can capture details of code execution), supervisor mode access prevention, and extensions to ADC instruction. The memory controller is dual channel supporting DD3L memory up to 1600MHz and DDR4 memory up to 2400MHz depending on the SKU. Each memory channel supports up to 2 DIMMS meaning 4 DIMMs max in total at a maximum capacity of 32GB per module for 128GB in total. The I/O block on the Broadwell-DE package supports a 10Gbe ethernet controller, 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 2.0 lanes, 1Gb ethernet controller, 6 SATA III ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports. The power consumption details and pricing are yet to be specified.

Source: CPU World

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GIGABYTE Presents Its First Single 2011 Socket Board With Integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is proud to announce the GA-6PXSVT, its first single 2011 socket based workstation motherboard featuring an integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller.

Following the ever increasing need for bandwidth at every level, GIGABYTE offers with the GA-6PXSVT a strong solution for professional users. Regrouping on an ATX form factor ultra-fast networking, a large storage platform, the support of Intel® Xeon® E5-1600 V2 & E5-2600 V2 processors, and support for up to 256GB of ECC memory, all the features required for a rock-solid workstation or a high performance rack server are gathered.

10 Gigabit Onboard
Integrating a single SFP+ 10GbE port coupled with two additional GbE ports, the GA-6PXSVT is capable of delivering excellent network data transfer performance. Equipped with Intel®’s third generation 82599EN 10GbE controller and a low latency SFP+ interface, the user can benefit from an onboard package providing a better bandwidth, thermal, footprint, and cost performance compared to the traditional method of adding 10GbE capability via a PCI-Express expansion card.

Large Storage Platform
By combining the native SATA capabilities of the Intel® C602 chipset with an extra Marvell® 88SE9230 controller, the GA-6PXSVT boasts 10 SATA III 6Gb/s and 4 SATA II 3Gb/s ports. With the ability to connect up to 14 SSDs or HDDs, the storage configuration possibilities are substantial and can therefore match most of workstation, server and other storage professional usage models.

Single Orientation Placement
With the processor socket, the memory DIMMs and the PCI-Express slots being all oriented in the same direction, the GA-6PXSVT is designed to deliver optimal airflow performance for the best cooling of all the components. Therefore, it is suitable for both rack and tower integration depending on the application targeted by the user.

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1600 V2 & E5-2600 V2 Product Families
The support of Intel® Xeon® processors E5-1600 V2 & 2600 V2 product families delivers the benefits of the 22nm tri-gate process technology to the high end server industry. Those benefits include, among others, higher frequencies, higher core counts (up to 12 cores / 24 threads) and larger last-level caches, but also a much more varied mix of core/frequencies with notably the introduction of a new dual socket workstation segment. This new die shrink also allows for overall energy efficiency increase, with up to 30% average decrease in idle power consumption.
Finally, virtualization applications will benefit from increased performance thanks to the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) technology, and more security features are included in the mix as well, such as the Intel® Platform Protection Technology with OS Guard, and Intel® Data Protection Technology with Secure Key.

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