QNAP Launches TDS-16489U Dual Xeon E5 Double Server

QNAP’s newest server, the TDS-16489U, is an amazing one that sets itself apart from the rest in so many ways. I want one so badly even though I have absolutely no need for this kind of power. This must be how a normal person feels when they see a Bugatti Veyron. But let us get back to the new QNAP dual server.

The TDS-16489U is a powerful dual server that’s both an application server and storage server baked into on chassis for simplicity and effectiveness. It is powered by two Intel Xeon E5 processors with 4, 6, or 8 cores each while supporting up to 1TB DDR4 2133 MHz memory with its 16 DIMM slots. These are already some impressive specs, but this is just where the fun begins.

The dual server has 16 front-accessible drive bays for 3.5-inch storage drives as well four rear-facing 2.5-inch drive bays for SSD cache. Should this not be enough, then you can expand that further by use of NVMe based PCI-Express SSDs too. The system has three SAS 12 Gb/s controllers built-in to couple it all together.

There are just as many connection options as there are storage options in the TDS-16489U. It comes with two normal Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as four SFP+ 10Gbps ports powered by an Intel XL710. Should that not be enough, then you can use the PCI-Express slots to expand with further NICs of your choice. The system supports the use of 40 Gbps cards too. It also comes with a dedicated IPMI connection besides the normal networking. The PCI-Express x16 Gen.3 slots can also be used with AMD R7 or R9 graphics cards for GPU passthrough to virtualization applications. A true one-device solution for applications, storage, and virtualization.

The TDS-16489U combines outstanding virtualization and storage technologies as an all-around dual server. With Virtualization Station and Container Station, computation and data from the guest OS and apps can be directly stored on the TDS-16489U through the internal 12Gb/s SAS interface. Coupled with Double-Take Availability to provide comprehensive high availability and disaster recovery, backup virtual machines can support failover for the primary systems on the TDS-16489U whenever needed to enable data protection and continuous services. QNAP Virtualization Station is a virtualization platform based on KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) infrastructure. By sharing the Linux kernel, GPU passthrough, virtual switches, VM import/export, snapshot, backup & restoration, SSD cache acceleration and tiered storage.

“Software frameworks for Big Data management and analysis like Apache Hadoop or Apache Spark can be easily operated on the TDS-16489U using virtual machines or containerized apps, and with Qtier Technology for Auto Tiering the TDS-16489U empowers Big Data computing and provides efficient storage in one box to help businesses gain further insights, opportunities and values,” said David Tsao, Product Manager of QNAP.

With all the above, we shouldn’t forget that it still also runs QNAP’s QTS 4.2 operating system that provides everything you know and love from that. Included is the comprehensive virtualization applications that we’ve also seen on our consumer models, but this is where you truly can take advantage of what QNAP created and run multiple Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android-based virtual machines on your NAS. All the backup solutions and failover, from local to other NAS or the cloud. You can do it all. Share files to basically any device anywhere is made as easy as possible.

Should you still not have enough storage in this impressive unit, then you can expand with up to 8 of the QNAP enclosures and reach a seriously impressive 1152 TB raw storage capacity controlled by this single 3U server unit. The CPU power, dual system capabilities, virtualization options and impressive storage option will let you deploy an impressive system with a very tiny size and total cost of ownership compared to traditional setups.

Key Specifications

  • 16-bay, 3U rackmount unit
  • 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Family processor (with 4-core, 6-core and 8-core configurations)
  • 64GB~1TB DDR4 2133MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM RAM (16 DIMM)
  • 4 x SFP+ 10GbE ports
  • hot-swappable 16 x 3.5″ SAS (12Gbps/6Gbps)/SATA (6Gbps/3Gbps) HDD or 2.5″ SAS/SATA SSD, and 4 x
  • 2.5″ SAS (12Gbps) SSD or SAS/SATA (6Gbps/3Gbps) SSD;
  • 4 x PCle slots;
  • 4 x USB 3.0 port

The new QNAP TDS-16489U dual-server is now available.

Intel Prepares Mobile Workstation Xeons

While higher powered CPUs finding homes in mobile laptops is nothing new, Intel looks to be expanding their professional offerings. In the past, those looking for top tier CPU performance were stuck with Intel’s i7 lineup, which while offering great performance, did not support a number of workstation and professional features. These features were confined to the desktop Xeon lineup of E3, E5 and E7s. Yesterday, Intel announced they will start offering mobile Xeon E3s from the E3-1500M v5 family, bringing professional support to the mobile workstation.

Like most Xeons, the E3-1500M v5 supports ‘professional’ features like ECC (Error Correcting-Code memory) and Intel vPro enterprise features. Intel also stated that each Xeon enabled laptop will also featureThunderbolt 3. We don’t know yet if this will be enabled on the PCH chipset or OEMs will have to bundle a Thunderbolt controller chip. Thunderbolt 3 also means support for USB C, which makes these laptops likely some of the earliest ones to get the new connector.

With i7s long being used in high-end mobile workstations, these Xeons will probably get snapped up by firms wanting vPro support and professionals running workloads requiring ECC. As CPU performance has stagnated, it won’t be surprising if these Xeons be within spitting distance of stock desktop i7s. Given that some firms have already offered desktop i7s and even 12 core Xeons in workstation laptops, Intel officially getting into the game shouldn’t be surprising. No word has been given about clock speeds, release date or core count, but I doubt Intel plans to be exceeding 4 Skylake cores for now; you can find the Intel announcement here.

Philips has Launched New Wireless Audio System

Elegantly named the Fidelio E5, Phillips has once again shown its might in the home audio game.

This new release showcases high-definition wireless sound through easy NFC connectivity to your device, with one Phillips’ main goals being clutter control:

“Philips Fidelio E5 speaker system is the ideal solution for high-definition home cinema audio without the clutter of multiple wires and boxes” Hexus

Similarly to the Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar, the E5 also has removable lids that act as independent speakers for a Lego-like setup. This functionality allows you to add and remove speakers at your will, changing your setup from a 2.1 to a 5.1 style system is done just adding or removing these detachable tops. Interested in knowing what size speakers are included?:

“Each tower features a 3″ full range driver plus a premium soft-dome tweeter while each of the detachable surround speakers has one 2.5″ full-range driver.” Hexus

The release has also highlighted the need for seamless transitions between different user setups:

“The E5 automatically detects when the satellite speaker is ‘docked’ and reconfigures the tower to work as single speaker while recharging the detachable units’ battery.”

This system isn’t only for your smart phone or tablet device as Phillips pointed out:

“With two HDMI inputs – replaying crystal clear Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 or 7.1 sound from your TV, blu-ray or games console is incredibly simple. You can also enjoy music direct from a smart phone, tablet or laptop with aptX® and AAC quality Bluetooth streaming, and for the ultimate simplicity, the E5 is also equipped with NFC for simple one-tap pairing of devices.” Hexus

With all of this information in mind, there’s a large possibility that Phillips may walk away with more awards for their new product, much alike their previous Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar – being awarded ‘What Hi-Fi?’s’ Product of the Year – Best Soundbar £400-£800 in 2013.

The Fidelio E5 is priced on release at £600 and found at Phillips’ online shop.

 

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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