As many longtime readers have seen recently, STH has added to its editorial team by quite a bit in 2018. A big part of that has been to increase capacity for high-value pieces. Technology news is great, and an important facet of the publishing industry, but it takes little effort to re-post a press release. In 2018, one of my personal goals was to set STH up for success in 2019 by expanding capacity. Now that we are in the new year, I wanted to take a moment and give a glimpse into Q1 goals at STH.
Increasing Tempo: STH Q1 2019 Reviews
It is no secret in the industry that STH is now doing, by far, the biggest depth and breadth of server reviews out there. There are some sites that pass off reviews where there is little or no evidence that the author actually spent time with a server. In 2018, we expanded our reviews to go more in-depth looking at every facet of a server. We swapped from doing simply vendor supplied CPUs and configurations to enhancing these configurations with multiple options. Our server reviews now require somewhere on the order of 25-40 hours of labor just to collect the data and materials we need, and that excludes the time the servers are just running scripts with no labor needed.
We have already published some big reviews this quarter including:
- Dell EMC PowerEdge MX
- HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
- Dell EMC PowerEdge T140
- Intel Xeon E-2174G
- Intel Pentium Silver J5005
- AMD Opteron X3421
- Zotac RTX 2070 Blower-Style GPU
- ASUS RTX 2080 Turbo Blower-Style GPU
- AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU
- Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 AMD EPYC Motherboard
- CyberPower PDU15M10AT ATS PDU
That is eleven in-depth reviews for January. One may have also noticed that we are accelerating our pace of reviews.
On the review docket for Q1 2019 we currently have the following in various stages of progress for release over the next 8 weeks:
- A series with every single socket HPE tower server
- All of the Dell EMC Intel Xeon E-2100 series servers rackmount and tower
- An 8x Tesla V100 32GB GPU compute server based on Skylake-SP
- An AMD EPYC GPU compute workstation
- Two 100GbE capable data center switches
- Multiple video cards focusing on those that will be best for deep learning and AI development in a new GPU series that we kicked off with the AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 and AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Review pieces
- Multiple CPUs continuing on our server CPU review project
- Multiple hard drives in a new innovative format
- Starting a hard drive review series
- SMB focused NAS units
That may not seem like a lot to some, but we have committed to deliver about one major system review every week this quarter and we are still finalizing the schedule for the second half of March.
For those looking at that list and thinking that we are missing some traditional STH content, have no fear, we have plenty of traditional STH content for the IT professional. A great example was our piece: Introducing the Ultra EPYC AMD Powered Sun Ultra 24 Workstation
There is a lot still not on that list, and some in earlier stages of the pipeline, but we have a rich content plan for Q1 2019. This has been an important goal since starting in Q2 2019 we will see a deluge of new platform releases.
Increasing Breadth: 2019 Interviews
Our first interview of 2019 was with our interview with Liu Jun, AVP and GM of AI and HPC for Inspur. We have some additional interviews planned in 2019, but we are also testing a new format for our interviews beyond traditional Q&A. I am going to let that project be a bit of a mystery as our team is still working on proof-of-concept content. I have started reaching out to people for the new series. You can expect more Q&A interviews at STH like our Liu Jun interview, but I am challenging our team to go to a grander scale.
Ramping for Q2 2019 and Beyond
The Cascade Lake-SP and Cascade Lake-AP launch will kick off what is set to be an exciting year. Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is going to be a huge technology. We have a few of the modules, codenamed Apache Pass, already in the lab and we tore down both the blue and green PCB models.
The server space release tempo and the breadth of offerings are set to increase starting in Q2 2019, so we are working to get our team, processes, and tooling ready for what we know will be a busy year. Our push to do more reviews this year and we have just started on that journey.
I just wanted to thank the STH team, both those who our readers see often such as William, Cliff, John, and Rohit, as well as those working behind the scenes. I am extremely excited to see our trajectory this year.
If you have ever wanted to join the STH team, feel free to drop me a note (patrick at this domain.) Beyond some of our traditional content, we are certainly looking for those who can help broaden our scope. If you have ideas on what we can do next, again, feel free to let me know.
To our readers, thank you. We have been on a steady growth trajectory for the past few years. In Q2 2019 we will mark the 10th year of the STH journey which started as a personal website and has grown well beyond any scope I could have imagined almost a decade ago. One thing I can say for sure is that our readers are absolutely awesome. Thinking back, some of the best suggestions, and most impactful ideas have come from our readers via e-mails, chance meetings in Silicon Valley, or in airports. It continues to amaze me how voicing a single comment or desire to get involved can have such an enormous impact on STH. Thank you to all who have participated in the STH journey.