Server workload requirements continually expand as more applications and data move to the cloud and more enterprises virtualize their computing environments. Server systems in the data center need to evolve to keep up with the changing workload demands. A feasible approach is to increase the compute density of servers. This can be done by using Twin server configurations.
Twin Server Configurations from Supermicro
As a premier Supermicro supplier, Thinkmate sells industry-leading Twin server configurations from Supermicro. Twin configurations from Supermicro include the following:
- Supermicro 1U Twin and 2U Twin — These are twin servers in 1U and 2U chassis sizes. Each configuration contains two server nodes with dual Intel® Xeon® or AMD Opteron™ CPUs in each node resulting in four CPUs per 1U or 2U chassis. A single high efficiency power supply is shared between the two nodes in the 1U configurations to optimize space and maximize utilization of the power supply. Nodes in the 2U configurations are hot-swappable and use redundant high efficiency power supplies for high availability. The space efficient 1U Twin is excellent for building high performance computing clusters, cloud server clusters, and as search engine nodes. The 2U Twin is optimized for redundancy and high availability and works well for computationally and graphics intensive applications.
- Supermicro 2U Twin2® — The Supermicro 2U Twin2 configuration further increases the node density in a 2U chassis to four server nodes. Each node is hot-swappable and contains dual Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron CPUs. This results in a total of eight CPUs in each 2U Twin2 chassis. Power for the nodes come from redundant and hot-swappable high efficiency power supply units. 2U Twin2 systems provide one of the highest compute densities in the 2U size.
- Supermicro FatTwin™ — FatTwin servers offer extremely flexible configurations in the 4U chassis footprint. FatTwin servers are available in 2, 4, and 8 server node configurations in 4U chassis. All FatTwin server nodes are hot-pluggable and are powered by highly efficient, swappable, and redundant power supplies. The shared cooling architecture in each chassis is highly effective and able to allow FatTwin servers to operate in free-air environments of up to 47ºC. This permits big savings in power consumption by air conditioners that are used to cool server racks containing FatTwin servers. Due to shared components and modular architecture, FatTwin configurations improve cost-effectiveness and reliability while allowing flexibility and ease in configuration and maintenance.
- Supermicro TwinBlade® — Supermicro’s SuperBlade® range of blade servers includes the TwinBlade. Twin blade servers increase the computing density of each blade by running two server nodes per blade instead of just one like most other blade servers. This results in 120 dual processor nodes with 240 CPUs and up to 2880 processor cores in a 42U rack. In terms of U size per node, a TwinBlade dual processor node can occupy 0.35U of rack space which is one of the smallest and densest in the industry.
Increase Performance and Lower TCO by Deploying a Server from Thinkmate
Server systems from Thinkmate and Supermicro are designed and configured with performance and cost in mind. For instance, Twin servers are configured for the highest performance per watt and highest performance per dollar. In the area of storage, Supermicro's Super Storage servers are designed for maximum capacity and performance in minimal space. Each Supermicro storage server uses Double-Sided Storage® architecture that stacks and packs drives in the front and rear of server chassis for maximum storage density.
Along with selling Supermicro systems, Thinkmate offers our own line of highly configurable servers for high-performance computing and for scalable data storage. Each server sold by Thinkmate comes with an industry-best 3 year warranty with advance parts replacement, as well as exceptional customer service.
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