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Supermicro Unveils Cutting-Edge vSAN HCI Solution, Delivering Impressive 4.7X Performance Boost at 3X Reduced Cost*


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Supermicro's New Multi-Node BigTwin® HCI System, Powered by 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, Elevates I/O Bandwidth by 2X with PCIe 5.0 and Enhances Memory Bandwidth with DDR5, Featuring Embedded CPU Accelerators for Workload Specific Performance Gains

San Jose, California - 31/08/2023

Supermicro, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a Total IT Solution Provider for Cloud, AI/ML, Storage, and 5G/Edge, has introduced a revolutionary VMware vSAN solution tailored for high-performance enterprise-grade hyperconverged virtualized workloads. As the demands of advanced virtualized workloads surge, the need for enhanced processing power and storage performance becomes paramount, necessitating greater capacity to meet application SLAs and maximize virtual machine density. This innovative solution also harnesses the potent Intel AMX accelerator for AI-driven tasks.

In rigorous benchmark tests against the Supermicro X11 BigTwin, Supermicro’s tests have demonstrated an astounding up to 4.7X surge in IO throughput and a remarkable 8.2X reduction in latency on the HCIBench benchmark. Furthermore, the new solution showcases up to 4.9X speedier image classification inference throughput using the ResNet50 model, and an impressive up to 4X acceleration in natural language processing throughput with the BERT-Large model. Additionally, the superior efficiency of the Supermicro X13 BigTwin architecture can translate into up to a 3X improvement in both cost and performance, all within the same node footprint, when compared to legacy Supermicro systems. This presents a compelling rationale for organizations to refresh their outdated infrastructure.

Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, remarked, “Pioneering the HCI sector, Supermicro presents the inaugural Gen5 vSAN solution grounded on the formidable 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Our industry-leading Supermicro BigTwin platform optimally supports the latest flash storage media, embracing dense multi-node form factors tailored for seamless vSAN integration. The X13 BigTwin and vSAN customers stand to gain from a substantial 4.7X increase in throughput and a significant 8.2X reduction in latency as demonstrated by the HCIBench benchmark, marking performance leaps from one generation to the next. This innovation empowers customers to run numerous instances on the same hardware, thereby bolstering performance, utilization, and ultimately cutting costs.”

To delve deeper into the Supermicro vSAN Solution, view the concise video here.

The Supermicro X13 BigTwin platform strikes a harmonious equilibrium between computational power, memory density, storage capacity, and redundancy, serving as an ideal choice for HCI deployments. It presents vSAN-ready nodes that can be promptly deployed without the necessity for traditional enterprise storage systems. Powered by the 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, the Supermicro X13 architecture boasts compatibility with the latest PCIe 5.0 NVMe drives from leading vendors, ensuring unprecedented storage performance.

Gain further insights into the Supermicro vSAN solutions through these detailed Solution Briefs:

Supermicro Solution Brief: vSAN for AI

Supermicro Solution Brief: vSAN for HCI

Available in both 2U 2-node and 2U 4-node configurations, the Supermicro X13 BigTwin solution offers optional liquid cooling. Each node boasts the prowess of up to two 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and a capacity of up to 4TB of DDR5-4800MHz memory. The system harnesses the VMWare vSAN 8.0 software stack, incorporating the new Express Storage Architecture (ESA) that orchestrates a unified storage pool across up to 48 NVMe drives accessible by the four nodes.

“*” Findings based on comparisons with Supermicro X11 BigTwin systems

For more information, kindly visit Supermicro.com. Further insights into this solution have been shared in an in-depth session during Supermicro’s Open Storage Summit 2023, which aired at 1:00 PM EDT on August 22, 2023.

About Supermicro

Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI) stands as a global frontrunner in Application-Optimized Total IT Solutions. Operating from its base in San Jose, California, Supermicro is committed to delivering pioneering innovations for Enterprise, Cloud, AI, and 5G Telco/Edge IT Infrastructure. The company’s transformation into a Total IT Solutions provider encompasses servers, AI, storage, IoT, and switch systems, alongside software and services, all complemented by advanced high-volume motherboard, power, and chassis products. The products are meticulously designed and produced in-house across the US, Taiwan, and the Netherlands, capitalizing on global operations for heightened scale, efficiency, and environmental sustainability (Green Computing). The esteemed portfolio of Server Building Block Solutions® enables customers to optimize their precise workload and application demands, selecting from a comprehensive range of systems built from flexible, reusable building blocks that accommodate diverse form factors, processors, memory, GPUs, storage, networking, power, and cooling solutions (including air-conditioned, free air cooling, or liquid cooling).

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