Gigabyte Presents High-Performance NVMe Servers

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

  • 2U 4 nodes high-density system
  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 64 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 4 x Half-length low-profile + 4 mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 8 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350)
  • 2 x 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

R18N-F2A – 1U 10 Bays NVMe Server

  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 24 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 2 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 2 x Half-length full-height slots + 1 x Half-length low-profile or 1 x mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350-BT2)
  • 2 x 800W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

Thecus WSS NAS Launch Event Coverage

Thecus invited us to the WSS NAS Product Launch in Berlin and we were naturally eager to attend. Thecus introduced us to three new NAS devices based on Windows Server 2012 R2, a world first. There are other Windows-based NAS on the market, but they use Windows Home or 2008 R2.

The new W2000, W4000 and W5000 NAS units all come with Windows software pre-installed and are ready to go right out of the box. The two and four bay models use an integrated 60GB SSD as boot-disk while the W5000 uses a 500GB SSHD from Seagate.

Thecus works closely with partners such as Microsoft, Intel but also Seagate to make sure their NAS devices offer the best experience. The result is three new Windows-based NAS devices that will offer features not found otherwise, with a tiny footprint and great energy-efficiency. The in-house hardware team employed at Thecus is another advantage and it allows for quicker product releases.

The Windows 2012 R2 environment makes the integration into cloud services such as Azure, Office 365 or Remote Desktop connection really easy and with a familiar interface. Aimed at 1 to 50 clients, these new NAS systems have a broad market share and can perform really well with their Intel Atom processors under the hood.

Customers will have access to restore ISO’s that will be available for download in many different languages, to either restore or perform complete fresh installs.

Luke from Thecus also took the time to introduce us to the three new Windows Server 2012 R2 based NAS devices, you can watch the video below:

The three new Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials servers, or WSS NAS for short, weren’t the only thing we saw during this launch event and you can follow the entire coverage below.

The event started out with a little history, a history of success. Thecus likes being first and they have been over the years with many things, over and over.

Thecus have a broad line of innovative products and features.


And they have scored the awards to show that, already over 100 of them. Look, theirs ours!

Now it’s getting to the interesting part, collaborating Thecus hardware with Windows software.

Thecus doesn’t just make NAS devices for the small businesses and pro-consumers, they also create great rack-units.

We’re getting to the interesting part for most of us, the new SMB and SOHO models.

We’re getting to know some of the benefits from using Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Data protection is more important today than ever and it’s important to have the right solution for your setup.

The cloud is the future, well at least it is a big part of it. Especially if you’re a small company trying to make it out there among the big ones.

The three musketeers.

Working closely with Intel allows Thecus to deliver the best results to their customers.

Speed and capacity are key in storage and Intel has pretty much all areas covered.

A look at the specifications, I do however believe they accidently switched the CPU in the chart between the 2 and 5 bay models.

Seagate is another close partner of Thecus’ and they make some of the best NAS drives on the market. With an ever growing data consumption and smart devices, we need to keep up with the storage demands.

Statistics show that a lot of NAS area is unused and could be optimized.

Seagate also offers their NAS drives with +Rescue Data Recovery service.

Hybrid drives are another market that Seagate is strong within, and one that is great for NAS systems as well.

If you still haven’t had enough of these great new NAS devices and might have missed it earlier, we have a little more information in our news section from when the W2000, W4000 and W5000 were announced a little while ago.

 Thanks to Thecus for Inviting us to this event