Supermicro Microcloud

10 Overall Score

Compact | Efficient | Practical

Conclusions

The Supermicro MicroCloud is a great step forward for anyone looking to get the most bang for their buck out of their rackspace. This marketplace is already starting to get more crowded with the Dell Viking series and a new 4U, 18 server variant from Tyan recently announced. We recently completed testing on the Dell Viking and compared to the Supermicro Micro cloud you get fewer servers (8), but those servers have increased flexibility, like the ability to use higher wattage processors. For customers that demand the higher level of performance out of a single processor system, that is a significant advantage. Additionally, because they are binned out and validated at lower wattages, LV processors are not just slower, but they generally cost as much or more than their faster, standard wattage cousins. Normal pricing on the Xeon E3-1230 (3.2GHz) is going to be around $240.00 per unit while the Xeon E3-1260L (2.4GHz)is going to be closer to 300-350 per unit, and 1200MHz slower.

Our favorite features of the Supermicro MicroCloud was the expansion slot. If you wanted to add in a LP 2-4Port Gigabit adapter, or a 10GB adapter we had plenty of room to do so. Considering a lot of our cloud hardware runs 10GB ethernet, this was a huge bonus for us.

Overall, we liked the Supermicro MicroCloud enough that we plan on offering it to our customers on the hosting side of the business. It is flexible and practical enough for 8 systems at the street price of $3700-3800 to make f seems to be a success in our eyes, giving ultimate flexibility while maintaining practical use. During our tests we used a load probe on the power, with the Xeon E3-1260L processors we did not see more than 2.4A of 208V single phase consumption during full load on all 8 machines. However, we did not get power readings with Xeon E3-1230’s as we only had one of them for testing the difference in clocks and wattage.

We will be writing a review featuring the Microcloud and CA|3Tera Applogic. So please check back in a couple of weeks.

This product can be found for around 3699.00 shipped to the ConUS at a few online stores.

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2 Comments on "Supermicro Microcloud"

  1. Ted December 26, 2011 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Nice review of quite an exotic system. I’ve added the RSS feed to keep updated on the future comparisons, but the last entry was in Sept. Might want to update that.

  2. exa byte January 3, 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

    16 sled variant would be awesome

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