Supermicro 2U Twin2 6026TT-HIBQRF

10 Overall Score

Introduction

Anyone that builds their own servers knows that Supermicro products are the top-shelf gear of the server world. Our first of a Supermicro server was the Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) X8SIL, which really set the bar high in regards to build quality, features, and reliability. Today we tackle one of Supermicro’s high-end, high-density Twin^2 (that’s Twin SQUARED for the lay people out there) rack systems.

The Supermicro 6026TT-HIBQRF is part of Supermicro’s 2U Twin2 line, and as such is targeted as the small to medium size business that needs high powered servers in minimal rack space. The 6026TT-HIBQRF offers 4 dual socket servers, or more commonly called nodes, inside of 2U of rackspace. Anybody that rents rackspace in a datacenter knows the benefits of high density computing and the advantages to high density rack space computing.

In the server arena there are essentially 4 major factors that determine your costs. The first is hardware costs – this one is pretty obvious, but in some regards you do not always get what you pay for, so you do have to shop wisely. The second consideration is rackspace costs. When you have to buy space in a datacenter you usually have to buy space by a fraction of a rack, which is 40-42 “units” in height. Obviously the more servers you can cram into the space you rent, the better your cost utilization. The third consideration are power costs. It doesn’t do you much good to save $300 a month on rack costs if the servers you deploy are such power hogs that they cost you $600 extra a month in power. And the final cost are bandwidth costs. These are pretty much fixed costs initially, however the costs per GB do go down substantially when you are able to buy “in bulk”.

 

6026TT-HIBQRF Specifications at a glance:

  • Two (2) Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors per node
  • 192GB per node of DDR3 1333/1066/800MHz ECC Registered Memory, or 24GB of Unbuffered DIMM’s
  • 1 x16 PCI-Express LP (Low Profile) Slot
  • Intergrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM over IP over a Dedicated LAN port
  • Dual Intel 8257L Gigabyte Ethernet Controllers
  • 3x Hot-swappable SATA drive bays per node (12 total)
  • Dual redundant 1400W power supplies with 80 PLUS Gold-level rating
  • Mellanox ConnectX QDR Infiniband 40Gbps Controllers w/ QSFP connectors.

 

Lets take a closer look at what we can do with this.

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One Comment on "Supermicro 2U Twin2 6026TT-HIBQRF"

  1. Gerardo September 16, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Great review, would love to see the images as none are showing up on the post.

    We are actually looking at these units as our next purchase.

    Thanks again for the detailed review.

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