The NUC killer: SuperMicro SuperServer E300-8D

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TOC Part 1: The NUC killer: SuperMicro SuperServer E300-8D Part 2: SuperMicro SuperServer E300-8D deep dive   I bought two SuperMicro SuperServer E300-8D a few months ago and they only seems to get better as I get to know them better. The SuperMicro SuperServer E300-8D is replacing my old lab, which was excessively small and inadequate. It was based on Dell PCs, which was limited to only 8GB of memory. With 8GB of memory, there is not much I can get up and running in a state where I was happy with it. Therefore, I was looking for something else. […]

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

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Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat   For a very long time Intel 3700 series of SSDs has held the crown as the best all round SSD for the enterprise market. Intel did something special with this line of SSDs. They stop talking IOPS and latency at least as the main focus and started focusing on where it really would hurt mainstream storage vendors. What was new was QoS or consistency and power loss protection. These features are enterprise graded. Many vendors will claim that they have power loss protection, but non-like Intel did and even today, you […]

HP BIOS settings

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Over the last years I’ve see the same mistake repeated over and over again, to some extend it looks like a complete denial, and even though there have been multiple consultants looking at different performance related issues none of them had questioned whether the servers and their BIOS them self have been setup correctly. More often then not what I’ve seen is that the customer had made no effort to change any BIOS setup, sort of relying on the manufacturer some how knowing what the customer has planned to install on the server.   So hopefully the below will help correct […]