How to buy the right Supermicro Server

5 Steps to Help You Buy the Right Supermicro Server

Servers power much of our modern world. Likely you’ve used multiple servers in the last few hours. But, since they do most of their work in the background, many of us don’t give them a second thought. Even in an enterprise environment where the value of modern servers is better understood, we may take them for granted.

How does this mindset affect organizations? It may mean that server technology isn’t updated as frequently or that the power consumption of your setup may be costing your organization thousands of dollars. But, there are more subtle ways that servers can improve or hurt your bottom line. We’re living in an age where experience is everything, and customers have no qualms about jumping ship from a service provider that is unreliable or has poor performance due to outdated or under-specced servers.

Organizations that take customer experience seriously will ensure that their technology meets customer demand and allows room for future growth.

Why Buy Supermicro Servers?

In the past, hardware and software were locked together. This meant that in order to get quality server equipment an organization had to commit to a big brand, and with that came a hefty price tag.

This changed with the advent of the software-defined data center (SDDC). Through virtualization, organizations could run many different types of software on a variety of hardware, effectively ending the need to depend on proprietary hardware.

By leveling the playing field through virtualization, server companies like Supermicro could now go head-to-head with their big brand competition, like HP and Dell. Consider some pros and cons of choosing a Supermicro vendor over its big brand competitors.

Cons

  • Some Supermicro vendors only offer limited support. Big brand servers typically come with advanced support services not always provided by Supermicro vendors.
  • Limited access to big brand software. Big brand servers may include proprietary management tools not available with other hardware, although a Supermicro vendor can help you find alternatives.
  • More expensive for standard low-end servers. Supermicro customers don’t see major cost savings compared to big brands until they buy the more complex servers.

Pros

  • Superior customization. Big brand servers typically come prebuilt and are difficult to customize. With a Supermicro server, you can optimize the hardware to fit your unique needs and avoid unnecessary costs.
  • Affordable service plans. Tier 1 service plan costs often spike in their 4th and 5th years to motivate customers to upgrade. In contrast, Supermicro vendor service plans can be up to half the cost making long-term support more affordable.
  • Excellent build quality. Just because you’re saving money doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality. Supermicro servers come with the same quality components as big brand boxes, giving you an unbeatable combination of cost and quality.

For complex server needs, Supermicro has the edge over its more expensive, less flexible competitors. But your analysis shouldn’t stop there. There are many more longer-term benefits to choosing Supermicro.

How Supermicro Servers Improve Business Performance

Supermicro is unique in that it’s a billion-dollar company committed to protecting the environment while innovating in its industry. Here are a few ways it’s doing that.

Supermicro is leading the way in green computing

Green computing saves your business money while saving the environment. How? Most green computing strategies are centered around saving resources, such as those needed to cool and power server farms. Supermicro servers leverage tactics like disaggregated server architecture, free-air cooling, pooled resources, and state-of-the-art rack scale design to drive down consumption and costs in the process.

Supermicro creates cutting-edge server technology

Supermicro continues to innovate the server industry. Advances in disaggregated server architecture make it possible to incrementally update servers by allowing system architects to replace individual components while keeping others like fans, and power supplies. In addition, updates to processors have resulted in gains of 10-15% in performance over the last few years. These advances have led to improvements in customer experience while simultaneously driving down costs.

Supermicro’s technology helps you stay compliant

Another advantage of working with Supermicro technology is that Supermicro works hard to meet the standards of countries from around the world. For example, the European Union started enforcing Lot 9 compliance on March 1, 2020, which puts requirements like minimum PSU efficiency and power factor limits on complete server and storage systems.

On Supermicro’s website, they outline how they comply with the Lot 9 regulation and where customers can find compliance info. This example shows how Supermicro helps its customers comply with government regulations to avoid hefty fines and restrictions on their operations.

How to Pick the Right Supermicro Server for Your Organization

While server technology is complex and highly technical, there are five steps you can take to simplify the selection process. Let’s look at these steps.

1. Analyze your needs

It’s important to start with what your organization needs to satisfy the current load on the server. Then, carefully consider the potential for growth for the next few years. While it’s not likely you can choose a system to last the next 50 years, you can build a modular system that can be upgraded incrementally before needing a complete overhaul.

2. Calculate your budget

Budget is second in this list because thinking of your budget first could hamper your team’s ability to consider the future. Thinking of your organization’s needs and future growth may motivate you to pursue a more robust system that may have higher upfront costs but results in lower long-term expenses.

3. Match your load to the right technology and server options

Now more than ever, it’s important that your team make strategic purchasing decisions. The best server technology should equip your team for current and future load expectations. Supermicro has ample options available to meet your business needs. Equus Compute Solutions has a team of experienced engineers that can help you make purchases to prepare you for current and future needs.

4. Consider the perks of a Supermicro Vendor

Whether you’re a reseller or work in a large organization with many technology needs you may wonder why you should work with a vendor versus working directly with the manufacturer. Quick issue response times, flexible warranty options, and lead times that consistently beat industry standards are just a few of the perks that your vendor can provide. How does this benefit your organization?

Customer-focused support:

  • Easy platform and component replacement
  • Access to a service repair depot
  • 24/7 year-round helpdesk support with translators on standby
  • White glove deployment
  • On-site service technician support
  • Local support for most US cities

Reduced lead times:

  • Access to a secondary manufacturing queue
  • Ability to source alternate component options
  • Dedicated sales team to quickly send quotes and ensure product delivery

Configuration flexibility:

  • Extensive component manufacturer relationships
  • More opportunities to save on individual components
  • Some vendors like Servers Direct provide additional configuration flexibility for Superserver and Ultraserver product lines

5. Get expert help

If you’re still struggling to make a decision, don’t leave this important investment up to chance. Talk to a server specialist who can help you find the best solution for your unique needs.

Future-proof Your Organization With Advanced Technology

The demand on your organization’s infrastructure will only increase as technology becomes more complex and user expectations increase. To keep up, data center operations must keep costs low while looking to the future. Supermicro works hard to be on the leading edge of server technology and leveraging the right technology can give you an advantage over the competition. If you’re thinking about upgrading your servers, talk to one of our specialists today.

Server experts are available to assist you by emailing sales@serversdirect.com or by calling direct at 800-576-7931

What is JBOD?

Got a growing data center? JBOD can simplify your storage.

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As data centers continue to grow, companies are looking for an option that lets them store the most data in the least amount of space—all at the lowest price. For many use cases, such as data archiving and video surveillance storage, JBOD is the simplest and most effective solution.

What is JBOD?

JBOD is an acronym for “just a bunch of disks” or “just a bunch of drives.”

Sometimes referred to as an expansion unit, JBOD is a simple, cost-effective way to add high-density data storage to a system by connecting multiple hard drives and housing them within a single chassis enclosure. It is an easy-to-manage, extremely reliable storage solution for companies with growing data centers.

“Think of JBOD as a bank vault for your data,” says Servers Direct Solutions Project Manager Jeff Salo. “It’s the safest and most efficient way to have on-premise storage.” Since the JBOD chassis is designed for drives only, it’s not competing for power or airflow with other hardware like motherboards and CPU.

A JBOD enclosure can be configured in JBOD or passthrough mode to support software file systems like ZFS and Storage Spaces. JBOD can also connect to controllers from popular manufacturers like LSI and Microsemi for hardware RAID management. Learn more about the different RAID setups here.

What are the benefits of JBOD?

In addition to being cost-effective and highly reliable, JBOD provides a host of other benefits, including:

  • Minimal footprint with maximum storage space
  • Integration with new or existing servers
  • High performance with hardware RAID 50 or 60
  • Compatibility with Linux software RAID file systems like ZFS, Gluster, and BTRFS
  • Easy access to hot-swappable drive bays
  • Independent scaling of storage and compute
  • High availability support
  • Expanded storage for Windows, Linux, and VMware servers

How can you use JBOD?

JBOD is a great solution for any enterprise that needs local storage expansion without the high cost of adding multiple servers. JBOD can add anywhere from hundreds of TB to multiple PBs of data storage.

A few examples of data storage scenarios that JBOD works well for include:

  • Data backup and archiving
  • Security and surveillance
  • Media storage
  • Replacing tape drives
  • High availability and data protection

When should you use JBOD alternatives?

JBOD has high capacity, so it works well when large amounts of offline data need to be stored. But the tradeoff is low performance, which means JBOD is not necessarily a good option for primary storage. If your capacity needs aren’t huge and you need high performance, another solution would be better.

Conclusion

The right storage partner will ask about the amount of space, level of performance, and redundancy you need. Based on your answers, they’ll recommend the appropriate quantity of drives, type of JBOD, and the best software to manage it.

Whether you need to expand your current server capacity or are looking to implement an all-new solution, it is important that you carefully select the right solution. A partner like Servers Direct can help you get the right JBOD configuration for your needs and budget.

When you get in touch with Equus, we’ll ask about the amount of space, level of performance, and redundancy you need. Based on your answers, we’ll recommend the appropriate quantity of drives, type of JBOD, and the best software to manage it.

To learn more about what we can do with JBOD, chat now with our team.

See our Seagate JBOD configurations here.

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