Supermicro X11SDV-16C-TP8F Management
These days, out of band management is a standard feature on servers. Supermicro offers an industry standard solution for traditional management, including a WebGUI. The company is also supporting the Redfish management standard. On this motherboard, we see similar features as we would across the Supermicro X11 range. That means whether you are using an embedded motherboard or a 4U storage server, you will have a similar look and feel to the management experience.
In the latest generation of Supermicro IPMI is a 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.
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.
Supermicro X11SDV-16C-TP8F Hardware Topology
Here is what the overall hardware topology looks like. You can see the same 1MB of L2 cache per core and 22MB of L3 cache for the cores.
You can also see the Intel i350 controller with a single PCIe root for all four NICs and the four 10GbE ports. A block diagram was not available at the time of this writing, but we will update this article with one if and when we can get it.
Next, we will look at the performance and power consumption of the Supermicro X11SDV-16C-TP8F solution.