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Gigabyte Shows Off Two NVMe-Ready Server Models

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Gigabyte announced two new servers at the Supercomputing 2015 show in Austin, Texas, which support the use of NVMe-based hard drives. NVMe technology delivers faster data transfer between storage devices and the system processor while consuming less power.

First up is the H27N-H70, which puts four nodes in a 2U form factor. Based on the Intel C612 chipset, it supports Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family. There are 64 RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots and four half-length, low-profile expansion card slots, with an additional four mezzanine card slots. There are eight GbE LAN ports for networking connectivity, and two redundant power supplies.

H27N-H70H27N-H70The design provides front-access hot-swappable drive bays. Each node can take two 2.5" hot-swappable NVMe drives, and two 2.5" hot-swappable SAS/SATA drives. With all four nodes fully loaded, that offers eight NVMe bays and eight SAS/SATA 6 Gb/s bays.

The other new server is the smaller 1U version, the R18N-F2A. It also supports the Intel C612 chipset and Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 family. The smaller form factor allows for 24 RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots; two half-length, full-height slots; and either one half-length low-profile or one mezzanine card slot for expansion cards.

The 1U height provides for two 2.5" hot-swappable NVMe bays and eight 2.5" hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6 Gb/s bays. There are two GbE LAN ports for connectivity and redundant power supplies.

According to the company, these two servers are the first in a larger upcoming lineup of NVMe-enabled server models.

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