Supermicro X11SPM-TPF 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. 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 server, we see similar features as we would across the Supermicro X11/H12 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 embedded platform costs. Supermicro’s iKVM feature is extremely popular due to its inclusion with the server.
Supermicro X11SPM-TPF Test Configuration
Here is the test configuration we used for the Supermicro X11SPM-TPF:
- System: Supermicro X11SPM-TPF
- CPUs: Intel Xeon gold 6240, Gold 6230, Gold 5218, Silver 4214, Silver 4210, Silver 4208, Bronze 3204
- Memory: 6x Micron DDR4-2933 32GB RDIMMs (256GB total)
- Boot SSD: Toshiba 512GB XG3
- Storage HDDs: 4x 10TB Western Digital Red
Overall, we see these servers being deployed as compact server nodes. This can be as an edge virtualization platform or even as edge storage nodes. The networking and storage capabilities afforded to the system by the Intel C622 PCH mean that this has a very unique value proposition as a storage platform. We see this platform primarily being paired with Xeon Silver 4200 to the lower-end of the Xeon Gold 6200 series CPUs.
Next, we will look at performance.