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Supermicro New Zealand
3U8, 3U12, 3U24 Optimised Rack Servers Update
28 February 2014

Supermicro New Zealand first introduced the 3U8 MicroCloud system to the local NZ market back in June 2011. The proposition was a 3U system offering 8 x System Nodes, with each node powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor, up to 32GB UDIMM ECC memory, a PCI-E x8 low profile expansion slot, 2 x 3.5" HDD, Dual GbE and dedicated IPMI remote management. In effect this provided 8 independent single socket Xeon systems in the space of a 3U rack mount chassis, thus offering excellent total cost of ownership. This month brings an update to our range of solutions, with additional variations to suit different needs.

All of the solutions presented (whether 8, 12 or 24 nodes) are conveniently integrated in a 3U rack mount chassis. They all support the latest generation of Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 processors and up to 32GB of ECC memory. Other standard features are Dual GbE, dedicated LAN for IPMI remote management, heavy duty and optimised cooling, and platinum-level efficient and redundant power supplies.


The 3U12 solution offers 12 independent system nodes. For storage each system node supports up to internal 2 x 3.5" or 4 x 2.5" SATA HDD in RAID 0, 1 or 10. For networking each node can have InfiniBand FDR or 10GbE SFP+ instead of the standard Dual GBE.


The 3U24 solution offers 24 system nodes. The main advantage to this variation is the housing of 24 system nodes in the space of a 3U chassis. This is achieved by having 12 sleds that are hot-pluggable into the 3U chassis, with each sled offering two system nodes. The main disadvantage is in the lack of 10GbE or Infiniband networking options while storage-wise we can fit up to 2 slim 2.5" SATA SSD per system node (4 per sled).


The 3U8 solution offers 8 independent system nodes. By giving up processor density the main advantage of this arrangement is expandability and storage. Each of the 8 system nodes gain a low-profile PCI-E 3.0 x8 expansion slot in addition to a Micro-LP slot that provides Dual GbE, 10GbE, Dual-port 10GbE, or InfiniBand FDR options. Storage-wise, each system node takes up to 2 x front hot-swappable 3.5" SAS/SATA HDDs in RAID 0 or 1.

Supermicro New Zealand recommends Fitness for Purpose and Total Cost of Ownership as the criteria for purchasing decisions. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   for any immediate requirements or to discuss further - we are happy to assist you with future planning.



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