24TB SSD 2U Rackmount Server

Built by Matthew on 10/18/13

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Asus Z9PE-D16/2L (w/ ASMB6-IKVM)
2x Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 2.7GHz Twelve Core 30MB 130W
8x Kingston DDR3-1333 32GB ECC Reg.(256GB total)
Onboard Video
LSI 9271-8i RAID Controller
24x Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD
LG Slim SATA 8X DVD-RW Drive
iStarUSA E-204L 2U Rackmount Case
Zippy 760W 2U Redundant Power Supply
2x Dynatron R5 CPU Cooler (2011)
Case Fans Upgrade Kit (Performance PWM Ramping)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor
4x IcyDock 6-Hard Drive 2.5inch to 5.25inch Removable Kit
Intel RES2SV240 24-port SATA/SAS Controller Expander
Warranty: Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 3 Year Parts

Additional Notes

Powered by the ASUS Asus Z9PE-D16/2L, this beast of a server was designed to accommodate a staggering 24 SSDs, providing extreme performance and 24TB of SSD-based storage. The VMware ESXi operating system itself boots from a small flash module, leaving the disk array completely separate and easily managed. RAID functionality can be provided by the LSI controller through hardware RAID, or can be done via software RAID within the virtual machines.

The impressive features of this server don't stop with the SSDs. We have a total of 24 cores across two Intel Xeon CPUs from the new Ivy Bridge-EP generation, and a whopping 256GB of memory (it can be expanded to 512GB memory). In every way, this this server is equipped to provide extreme virtualization performance.

This Summit server also comes equipped with a redundant power supply, and an Asus ASMB6-IKVM, providing BIOS-level remote control and management similar to the earlier ASMB5-IKVM we reviewed. Since the SSDs do not need high airflow for cooling, we have also equipped this server with PWM ramping fans, providing more airflow when the CPUs are under heavy load, but also ramping down to a nice lower noise level when the CPUs are near idle.


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