Supermicro SYS-5019C-MR Management Overview
These days, out of band management is a standard feature on servers. Supermicro offers an industry standard solution for traditional management, including a WebGUI. This is based on the ASPEED AST2500 solution, a leader in the BMC field. The company is also supporting the Redfish management standard. On this motherboard, we see similar features as we would across the Supermicro X11/H11 ranges. That means whether you are using an embedded Intel motherboard or a 4U EPYC storage server, you will have a similar look and feel to the management experience.
In the latest generation of Supermicro IPMI is an HTML5 iKVM. One no longer needs to use a Java console to get remote KVM access to their server.
Currently, Supermicro allows users to utilize Serial-over-LAN, Java or HTML5 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. One can also perform BIOS updates using the Web GUI but that feature does require a relatively low-cost license (around $20 street price.) That is a feature we wish Supermicro would include with their systems across product lines.
This pricing differential for a serviceable iKVM functionality is a big deal in this segment. Adding a $200 license to a server can add 10% or more in the Intel Xeon E-2100 platform costs. Supermicro’s iKVM feature is extremely popular due to its inclusion with the server.
Now that we have a good overview of the hardware and management, we will focus on the performance of the platform with different Intel Xeon E-2100 and Core i3-8000 series parts. We are going to finish up this review with the power consumption and our final thoughts.
Supermicro SYS-5019C-MR Topology
One area that we are keenly aware of today, and will be increasingly so with future multi-chip packages, is system topology. Luckily, the Intel Xeon E-2100 series has an extremely simple system topology.
The Intel Xeon E-2100 series is a relatively simple solution meant for smaller servers. At the same time, the Supermicro SYS-5019C-MR configuration we have using the Supermicro X11SCM-F motherboard and a variety of high-end components is just about maxing the systems recorded topology. For our readers who expect to see this in our reviews, here it is.
Next, we are going to look at the performance of the Supermicro SYS-5019C-MR before moving to power consumption and our final thoughts.