Gigabyte R181-NA0 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 R181-NA0 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 R181-NA0 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 topology of the Gigabyte R181-NA0.
There is something that you will see here that is extremely important. While the system will boot with only CPU0 installed, you need to have CPU1 installed as well for full functionality. All ten of the front U.2 NVMe ports are run off of CPU1 PCIe lanes. We, therefore, need to recommend that anyone running this configuration utilize two CPUs.
Next, we are going to look at the Gigabyte Gigabyte R181-NA0 performance, followed by power consumption and our final words.