Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Management
These days, out of band management is a standard feature on servers. Gigabyte offers an industry standard solution for traditional management, including a Web GUI. This is based on the ASPEED AST2500 solution, a leader in the BMC field.
With the Gigabyte MB51-PS0 solution, one has access to the Avocent MergePoint based solution. This is a popular management suite that allows integration into many systems management frameworks.
Gigabyte allows users to utilize Serial-over-LAN and iKVM consoles from before a system is turned on, all the way into the OS. Other vendors such as HPE, Dell EMC, and Lenovo charge an additional license upgrade for this capability (among others with their higher license levels.) That is an extremely popular feature because it makes remote troubleshooting simple.
At STH, we do all of our testing in remote data centers. Having the ability to remote console into the machines means we do not need to make trips to the data center to service the lab even if BIOS changes or manual OS installs are required.
Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Block Diagram
With these platforms that are pushing the capabilities of embedded SoC’s, the block diagram becomes an important tool to see how everything is connected. Here is a block diagram that shows the block diagram of the Gigabyte MB51-PS0.
Perhaps the most noticeable feature is the PCIe switch that switches the second PCIe x16 (Slot_4) and the NVMe storage provided via the M.2 and Slim SAS U.2 ports. Beyond that, this is a fairly standard block diagram for the Xeon D platform. Here is the basic topology:
Now that we have the hardware overview and block diagram view, along with the management solution covered, it is time to look at performance and power consumption before giving our final thoughts.