ion microPC for more personal computing

The Intel® Compute Card introduces a revolutionary shift in the way “PCs” are used and even thought of. This entry in the ion Server Blog is the last post in a series of three exploring the ion microPC. In this post we will discuss the concept of sharing a workspace, but not the actual computer. The Compute Card is a tiny PC which includes Continue reading ion microPC for more personal computing

ion microPC for more secure computing

The Intel® Compute Card changes the way that “PCs” are used and thought about. This entry is the second post in a series of three on the ion Server Blog which will explore some of the possibilities of ion‘s microPC. Consider a user who wants a more secure computer for online shopping and banking and a more general purpose computer for everything else.  ion‘s Continue reading ion microPC for more secure computing

ion microPC for more portable computing

The Intel® Compute Card introduces a revolutionary shift in the way “PCs” are understood and used. This entry is the first post in a series of three on the ion Server Blog which will explore some of the possibilities of ion‘s microPC. Intel envisions the use of Compute Card mostly in all-in-one computers, kiosks, and smart appliances, but its flexibility broadens its appeal. In Continue reading ion microPC for more portable computing

SSD vs HDD RAID in Servers and Storage

SSDs in servers deliver performance, whether measured in IOPS or GBps or latency, that is just plain impossible with disks. SSD capacity is now greater than that of performance disks. Price is the factor that still keeps many organizations away from deploying servers with SSD storage when the improved performance is not a significant benefit. The better reliability of SSD might be more important. Continue reading SSD vs HDD RAID in Servers and Storage

ion miniSERVER

Most “server” deployments deserve a rich, robust server platform with redundant power, redundant cooling, redundant storage, multiple network paths and error-correcting memory, but many servers already have redundant applications and redundant data.  In some of these deployments it then becomes reasonable to consider a small, cool, low-power alternative approach with redundant storage and two network interfaces for redundant communications. ion calls that a miniSERVER. Continue reading ion miniSERVER

Storage Capacity: TB vs TiB

For years, ion has reported usable capacity of disk and SSD storage in GiB and TiB instead of GB and TB. Why?  And what’s the difference?  Basically, 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes while 1 GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. That is about 7%!  Look at ion‘s SR-71mach6 SpeedServer or PS StorageServer for examples of capacity reporting. You can learn more about the differences in the Continue reading Storage Capacity: TB vs TiB

ion P-series Servers with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Servers based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, the proccesor architecture known as “Skylake”, have arrived! ion is producing 1U and 2U rackmount servers along with pedestal/4U servers and high density half-U compute nodes. These servers feature much improved capability for NVMe SSDs and significantly higher memory bandwidth, along with options for more cores and higher clock speeds. Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors include a number Continue reading ion P-series Servers with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

DAS vs. NAS vs. SAN

A quick web search of the terms DAS, NAS and SAN will yield many results, yet many near the top of the results list are almost a decade old and even the newer articles fail to account for recent developments in storage technology.  New technologies like NVMe have changed the landscape such that DAS is the indisputable leader in latency, NAS solutions can deliver Continue reading DAS vs. NAS vs. SAN

Memory Leak Found

As part of ION’s extensive benchmarking of the SR-71mach5 SpeedServer platform, ION uncovered a memory leak in Windows Server 2012 R2 acting as an SMB3 File Server under very heavy load.  There does not seem to be an issue with larger blocks or when the queue depth is low, but you can watch it in action here while serving 8kB random reads with 16 Continue reading Memory Leak Found

ion SR70mach5 SpeedServer™

The new performance-optimized SSD-RAID Server from ION Computer Systems® is also price-optimized.  Based on ION’s award winning SR-71mach5 SpeedServer family and technology, the SR-70mach5 SpeedServer™ is a 1U rackmount server with optimized RAID and Standard Endurance SSDs. The SR-70mach5 SpeedServer is based on an Intel® ServerBoard and comes with (2) 3.4GHz 8-core Intel® Xeon® V4 processors, 9TB RAID 5 usable with Intel® DC SSDs Continue reading ion SR70mach5 SpeedServer™