Tyan Unveils New SMB Servers and Cache Appliance

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Tyan unveiled a cache appliance powered by Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor and leveraging Intel solid state drives as well as Intel Cache Acceleration Software. Along with this announcement last week, Tyan also announced the addition of two new small and medium business servers to its SMB server portfolio.

At Computex 2014 in Taipei, Tyan announced the company's first Cache Appliance Solution based on a new server the company announced in February. The standard specs for the server are listed below but in the demo Tyan configured the server with (2) Intel Xeon Processor E5-2695 v2, 8 x 16GB DDR2 1600 GHz memory (128GB), and Intel's 400 GB SSD (DC P3700) running on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Intel Cache Acceleration version 2.5 software.

Model
Processor
Memory
Expansion
Storage
Network
GT24-B7067
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM slots (8 per CPU), Max 512GB
(1) Half-Height/ Half-Length PCIE Gen3 x16 slot (w/ x8 link)
(4) Hot-swap 3.5"/2.5" SAS/SATA 6G HDDs
(2) 10GbE SFP+ (Broadcom BCM57810S) (1) GbE RJ-45 (Intel 82574L shared with IPMI)

Along with the appliance demo, Tyan also rolled out a large chunk of its existing catalog of server and motherboard products that it divides into four basic categories, High Performance Computing (HPC), Small and Medium Business (SMB), Embedded, and Cloud (mentioned above).

High Performance Computing systems are generally needed for mission or business critical high-end database, online transaction processing (OLTP), big data, and other applications that require large amounts of computing power. To manage the higher end workloads HPC servers benefit from co-processors that can take on some of the heavy lifting that would slow down the average processor. Tyan's portfolio in this area includes: 

Model
Processor
Memory
Co-
Processor
Expansion
Storage
Network
FT77B-B7059
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 24 DDR3 DIMM Slots (12 per CPU), Max 1 TB
8 GPU
(8) PCIE Gen3 x16 slots / (2) PCIE Gen3 x8 slots(one for mezzanine card) / (3) PCIE Gen2 x1 slots
(2) SATA 6Gb/s / (4) SATA 3Gb/s / (1) Mini- SAS (4port w/ SATA 3Gb/s)
(2) GbE (via Intel I350-BT2, 1port shared with IPMI) or (2) 10GbE (via Intel X540-AT2, 1port shared with IPMI)
GA80-B7061
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM Slots (8 per CPU), Max 1 TB
2 GPU
(2) Full-Height/ Full-Length PCIE Gen3 x16 slots support (2) Double-deck GPU adapters (1) Full-Height/ Full-Length PCIE Gen3 x8 slots
(4) hot-swap 2.5" SAS/SATA 6G HDDs
(2) GbE + (1) dedicated for IPMI
TA77-B7061
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM Slots (8 per CPU), Max 1 TB
4 GPU
(4) Full-Height/ Full-Length PCI-E Gen3 x16 slots support (4) Double-deck GPU adapters
(8) hot-swap 2.5" SAS/SATA 6G HDDs
(2) GbE + (1) dedicated for IPMI
FT68-B7910
Quad Socket, Intel Xeon E5-4600 series
Up to 32 DDR3 DIMM Slots (8 per CPU), Max 1 TB
8 GPU
(6) FH/Full-Length PCIE Gen3 x16 slots, (2) Full-Height/Full-Length PCIE Gen3 x8 slots
(32) Hot-swap 2.5" 9mm high SAS SATA 6G HDDs w/ RAID 0, 1, 1E, 10 support
(2) 10GbE Bast-T LAN, (1) Dedicated IPMI LAN

Tyan mentioned a few of its existing SMB and server room servers along with two new systems. Unfortunately, neither of the two new systems had much information included and neither the systems nor the data sheets have appeared on Tyan's website at this time.

Since many of the components are only slightly different from system to system in this group, the specifications are likely to be close to those of others in this group with some specialized modifications. For example, the TN65-B7053 was announced as a storage server due to its 16 HDD capacity. The GT56-B7066, however, appears to be a standard entry-level server.

Model
Processor
Memory
Expansion
Storage
Network
GT24-B7066
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM slots (8 per CPU), Max 512GB
(2) Half-Height/ Half-Length PCIE Gen3 x16 slot
(4) 3.5" or 2.5" Hot-Swap SAS/SATA 6.0Gb/s
(3) GbE (shared IPMI NIC)
TN70-B7066Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM slots (8 per CPU), Max 512GB
(2) PCI-E Gen3 x8 slot ( w/ x0 link or x8 link) / (2) PCI-E Gen3 x16 slot ( w/ x16 link or x8 link)
(12) Hot-swap 3.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s HDDs (2)internal 2.5" HDDs
(3) GbE ports (Intel® I350 + Intel® 82574L shared with IPMI)
TN65-B7053
N/A
(16) HDDs
N/AN/AN/A
GT56-B7066
Dual Socket, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Up to 16 DDR3 DIMM slots (8 per CPU), Max 512GB
N/A(4) 3.5" or 2.5" Hot-Swap SAS/SATA 6.0Gb/s
N/A

Tyan has been in business since 1989 and has offices in the U.S., China and Taiwan. The company focuses on Intel and AMD x86 servers, server motherboards, and a few motherboards designed for embedded products such as digital signage, healthcare applications, gaming and other applications.

After reviewing Tyan's announcements and online material it was clear they are very excited about their products and take every opportunity to announce them. That can be a bit challenging when trying to separate what is new versus what existing product lines they are "showcasing" or "presenting." But, once the information was sifted it was also clear that Tyan is staying current and focused on cloud and HPC (big data), two of the most significant trends affecting businesses, but have not forgotten the SMB's and entry level business needs in the process.

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