Super Micro Computer expands its open disaggregated server architecture, promising ever greater datacenter resource efficiencies. Taking the We Keep IT Green mission to the next level, the company’s disaggregated resource-saving 6U SuperBlade unlocks the interdependence between server subsystems enabling the independent upgrade of CPU + Memory, I/O, Enclosure, Storage and Power/Cooling. Each component can be refreshed at the optimal time to maximize generational improvements in performance and efficiency uncoupled from single monolithic server refresh cycles.
The disaggregated resource-saving servers reportedly deliver 86% improvement in power/cooling efficiency with common shared infrastructure and 45% to 65% hardware CAPEX savings per refresh cycle with this rack scale design. Supermicro is expanding the design with new innovative Battery Backup Power (BBP®) modules that can replace traditional UPS. With BBP modules, data centres can achieve 2% to 10% better power efficiency compared to a typical UPS and more importantly avoid UPS related outages for improved cost, uptime, and reliability. Even more resource savings with BBP modules including time and costs savings are achieved at the time of the initial data centre configuration, build-out, and deployment.
One Fortune 50 company has deployed over 50,000 Supermicro disaggregated Resource Saving 3U/6U MicroBlade servers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, to support the company’s advanced EDA compute needs. Compared to a traditional datacenter running at 1.49 PUE or more, this new data centre achieves an 88% improvement in overall energy efficiency. When the build-out is complete at a 35 megawatt IT load power, the company is targeting $13.18M in savings per year in total energy costs alone across the entire datacenter.
The 6U SuperBlade system combines compute, storage, and networking into an enclosure with either 10 or 14 blade servers, up to 28 U.2 NVMe or 42 SAS SSDs, and up to four 25G or 10G Ethernet switches. The blade server nodes support dual or single Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (up to 205W per processor) with 24 DIMM slots (2-socket blade) and 12 DIMM slots (1-socket blade), maximizing performance and efficiency. In addition, the servers support M.2 NVMe and Intel Optane™ drives. The enclosures use the same Ethernet switches, chassis management modules, and software as 8U/4U SuperBlade and 6U/3U MicroBlade systems for improved reliability, serviceability, and affordability. Resource savings are achieved with up to 90% reduction in cabling by deploying the 6U SuperBlade. The optional Battery Backup Power (BBP) Module provides sufficient power to the enclosure in case of power outage. This adds to the reliability of the system as it prevents data corruption or loss during transit due to power failure. The use of an expensive UPS solution also becomes optional with the available BBP Module.
With up to 98 dual or single-socket blade servers with 25G or 10G Ethernet switches per 42U rack, the new 6U SuperBlade systems are suitable for a wide range of enterprise, cloud, and data center applications where density and compute performance are of prime consideration including Simulation, CAE, EDA, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Business Intelligence and ERP/CRM. For more information, check out Supermicro’s portfolio of disaggregated solutions.