Supermicro Does Super Job with Super Server

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Print this article Print

Supermicro crams all the best stuff into a 1U server that would be at home in the data center and small office.

It may sound a little arrogant, but Supermicro feels that no name better suites their 1U server than "Super Server."

The Super Server 6015C-M3 may not be faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings or more powerful than a locomotive, but it sure does make quick work of Windows Server 2008.

Some 1U (1.75-inch) servers treat Microsoft’s Windows Server like kryptonite and come grinding to a halt when asked to lift heavy operating system loads, such as SQL Server or Exchange. The Super Server avoids those perils by cranking up the horsepower with support for two dual-core/quad-core Intel Xeon Processor 5100/5200/5300/5400 sequence (with 2MB Level 2 integrated advanced transfer cache per core, 4MB L2 cache total, up to 3.40 GHz) and 48GB of DDR (double data rate) 2 533/667 registered memory.

Peeking under the cape reveals an Intel Blackford VS5100 chip set, two Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN 82573L adapters, an LSI 1068E PCI-E SAS controller and a motherboard loaded with real-time sensors.

All of those components are crammed into a server that is not much bigger than a pizza box, measuring just 1.7 inches high, 17.2 inches wide and 19.8 inches in depth. Thanks to ample cooling, administrators will not have to worry about the unit burning the pepperoni or melting the cheese.

Even at that diminutive size, SuperMicro was able to make room for an optical drive and four 3.5-inch hot-swappable SAS drive trays, all accessible from the front of the unit. A 520-watt, high-efficiency power supply provides the electrons to fire the beast up and keep it running.

The Super Server uses a solid design that keeps the case rigid, yet provides easy access to the internals, thanks to sliding rail mounts and a push button accessed by the flip-up hood. Solution providers will find that the unit is easy to install and maintain and it will not need Lois Lane to turn it on. Those pesky Jimmy Olson types will appreciate all of the integrated device monitoring capabilities, which will provide a quick snapshot of the Super Server’s health.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com