Broadberry Intel Modular Server review

Broadberry offers SMBs an affordable blade server with some unusual storage features and a sharp focus on virtualisation. In this exclusive review, Dave Mitchell takes a closer look at Intel’s Modular Server and tests its VM live migration feature.

Price
£8,330

The belief that blade servers are only for enterprises was shattered when HP, and more recently Fujitsu, launched scaled-down versions of their high-end systems aimed firmly at SMBs. We've already had exclusive access to the HP BladeSystem c3000 and the Fujitsu Primergy BX400 S1, and in this exclusive review, we take a closer look at Intel's very own Modular Server.

Broadberry Intel Modular Server

Supplied by Broadberry Data Systems, the Intel Modular Server is designed for SMBs looking to consolidate their IT services onto a single platform. It's designed to beat the blade competition on value and this latest version supports Intel's integrated virtualisation features.

Intel's Modular Server is designed for SMBs looking to consolidate their IT services onto a single platform.Size-wise, the Modular Server matches the HP and Fujitsu models with its 6U chassis. Server blade support is more limited though, since while it has room for up to six compute blade modules, Intel only offers one model.

The modules use Intel's custom MFS5520VIR motherboard, which supports two Xeon 5500 or 5600 processors and up to 192GB of memory. Both the Fujitsu BX400 and HP c3000 have eight half-width slots and provide a wider range of server blade options.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

When it comes to storage, the two fixed bays at the front of the Modular Server each support three LFF drives or seven SFF drives. This is where Intel differs radically from the competition, as neither the BX400 nor c3000 have any integral storage support, and so the server blades must carry their own or slots must be dedicated to storage blades.

All drive bays in the Modular Server are linked to the chassis midplane and routed to a storage controller blade at the rear. This allows an internal SAN to be set up where selected disks are placed in storage pools that can then be used create virtual drives, each with their own RAID array.

Broadberry Intel Modular Server
Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/security/data-breaches/354611/misconfigured-security-command-exposes-250-million-microsoft-customer
data breaches

Misconfigured security command exposes 250 million Microsoft customer records

23 Jan 2020
Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/354584/windows-10-and-the-tools-for-agile-working
Sponsored

Windows 10 and the tools for agile working

20 Jan 2020