The Supermicro MicroBlade microserver represents an entirely new type of computing platform. It is a powerful and flexible extreme-density 6U all-in-one total system that features 28 hot-swappable MicroBlade Modules supporting 28 x Newest Xeon DP systems with Intel E5-2600 v3 family configurations with up to 2 HDDs/SSDs and a SATA DOM per Module. The MicroBlade enclosure can incorporate 2 Chassis Management Modules, and up to 2 Switch Modules for efficient, high-bandwidth communications. It can incorporate up to 8 redundant (N+1 or N+N) 1600/1400/1200W High-Efficiency (95%) power supplies with cooling fans. This innovative new generation architecture includes microserver, networking, storage, and unified remote management for cloud computing, dedicated hosting, Web front end, content delivery, social networking applications.

                       Microblade

It's important to understand that each sled (node) within the SuperFlex MicroBlade is a self-contained server in its own right, holding a custom SuperMicro motherboard with two sockets on board for the latest Haswell-based Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors.

Unfortunately power and cooling requirements limit the SuperFlex MicroBlade to processors with up to 14 cores and a TDP of 120 Watt. However, that still leaves a lot of scope, with the review system featuring more 'modest' 6-core E5-2620 v3 processors, with a relatively low 85 Watt TDP.

Up to 128GB of DDR4 memory can also be accommodated in the eight DIMM slots on each server node, with just 64GB fitted on ours, along with a single 250GB SATA hard disk per node plus space for another disk, if wanted. A small flash memory module – a SATA DOM (Disk on Motherboard) can also be fitted to, for example, boot straight into a suitable hypervisor.

Exactly how many servers you need will depend on application requirements and budget.

Networking is another strong point of this product with lots of options to be had, starting with the server motherboards which can be equipped with 10GbE controllers, although those we tested came with four Gigabit networking ports each. Rather than have their own ports and a spaghetti mess of cables, however, these connect via the enclosure backplane direct to Ethernet switch modules located at the rear of the chassis, making for a much less cluttered and cable-free setup. Of course some cables are still needed and, as the MicroBlade equivalent of conventional top-of-rack aggregation switches, each switch module can, in turn, be cabled to the rest of the network via either eight 10GbE or two 40GbE uplinks, using SFP+ modules to provide the necessary interfaces. A single Gigabit uplink and out-of-band management port are also to be found on each of the switch modules.

Parts Description
MBE-628E-420 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 4x 2000W PSU (2x CMM support only)
MBE-628E-820 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 8x 2000W PSU (2x CMM support only)
MBE-628E-416 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 4x 1600W PSU (2x CMM support only)
MBE-628E-816 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 8x 1600W PSU (2x CMM support only)
MBE-628L-416 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 4x 1600W PSU (1x CMM support only)
MBE-628L-816 MicroBlade 6U enclosure w/ 8x 1600W PSU (1x CMM support only)
MBI-6118D-T2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 / 4th gen. Core i3 MicroBlade; 2x 3.5" HDD/SSD, C224 Chipset
MBI-6118D-T2H Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/v4 / 4th gen. Core i3 MicroBlade; 2x 3.5" HDD/SSD, C226 Chipset
MBI-6118D-T4 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 / 4th gen. Core i3 MicroBlade; 4x 2.5" HDD/SSD, C224 Chipset
MBI-6118D-T4H Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/v4 / 4th gen. Core i3 MicroBlade; 4x 2.5" HDD/SSD, C226 Chipset
MBI-6128R-T2X Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 MicroBlade with 2x 10Gb/s network connectivity
MBI-6128R-T2 Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 MicroBlade with 4x 1Gb/s network connectivity
MBI-6418A-T7H Intel Avoton (4 nodes, Atom™ C2750) MicroBlade
MBI-6418A-T5H Intel Avoton (4 nodes, Atom™ C2550) MicroBlade
MBM-CMM-001 MicroBlade Chassis Management Module without Local Video
MBM-GEM-001 MicroBlade switch with 40G and 10G uplinks and 2.5G downlinks
MBM-XEM-001 MicroBlade switch with 40G uplinks and 10G downlinks

 

MicroBlade MicroBlade

MBI-6118D-T4H / MBI-6118D-T2H
• Each Node supports:
• 1x Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3/v4 or 4th gen. Core i3
• Intel® C226 Chipset
• 2x 1Gb/s network connectivity per node
• Up to 32GB VLP ECC DDR3 UDIMM in 4x DIMM slots
• 2x 3.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD (MBI-6118D-T2H)
• 4x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD (MBI-6118D-T4H)

MBI-6118D-T4 / MBI-6118D-T2
• Each Node supports:
• 1x Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3 or 4th gen. Core i3
• Intel® C224 Chipset
• 2x 1Gb/s network connectivity per node
• Up to 32GB VLP ECC DDR3 UDIMM in 4x DIMM slots
• 2x 3.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD (MBI-6118D-T2)
• 4x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD (MBI-6118D-T4)

MBI-6128R-T2X
• Each Node supports:
• 2x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 family (up to 14-Core)
• 2x 10Gb/s network connectivity
• Up to 128GB ECC DDR4 2133MHz VLP RDIMM in 8x DIMM slots
• 2x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD and 1x SATA DOM

MBI-6128R-T2
• Each Node supports:
• 2x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 family (up to 14-Core)
• 4x 1Gb/s network connectivity
• Up to 128GB ECC DDR4 2133MHz VLP RDIMM in 8x DIMM slots
• 2x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD and 1x SATA DOM

MBI-6418A-T7H
• 4x independent nodes per module; Each Node supports:
• 1x Intel® Atom™ C2750 (8-Core, 2.4GHz) with 2x 2.5Gb/s network connectivity
• Up to 32GB ECC DDR3 1600/1333MHz SO-DIMM in 2x DIMM slots
• 1x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD and 1x SATA DOM

MBI-6418A-T5H
• 4x independent nodes per module; Each Node supports:
• 1x Intel® Atom™ C2550 (4-Core, 2.4GHz) with 2x 2.5Gb/s network connectivity
• Up to 32GB ECC DDR3 1600/1333MHz SO-DIMM in 2x DIMM slots
• 1x 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA3 HDD/SSD and 1x SATA DOM

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