IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Broadberry CyberServe XE5-R2216

In an exclusive review, Dave Mitchell looks at Intel’s Server System R2000GZ 2U rack server, which has memory and storage capacity high on its agenda.

Design and expansion

There are some design limitations though, as drives connected to the expander board cannot currently function as boot devices. Consequently, you'll need to link one of the motherboard's mini-SAS ports directly to the hard disk backplane.

Alternatively, you can mount a couple of SATA SSDs on the special cut-outs in the air shroud over the processors. Separate power connectors are provided and SSDs can be linked to the two on-board SATA ports.

The motherboard employs a C600-A Patsburg chipset and in its default configuration supports SATA drives plus stripes and mirrors and only enables the first mini-SAS connector. To enable the second connector along with SAS 2 and RAID-5 support, you'll need Intel's RAID C600 Upgrade Key which effectively turns the chipset into a Patsburg C600-T version.

Broadberry XE5-R2216 - internal

The internal layout is tidy and provides plenty of room for expansion.

More RAID options are available as a dedicated socket supports Intel's optional mezzanine cards. Five modules also offer a range of hardware managed array types plus SATA III or SAS 2 support.

There's plenty of room to expand as you have two riser cards at the back and a choice of up to three PCI-e Gen3 slots per riser. Bear in mind that the new Sandy Bridge-EP design has the IOH (I/O Hub) moved on-chip so you can only use both riser cards if two CPUs are installed.

Network connections are abound as the motherboard has four embedded Gigabit ports and a separate I/O connector at the back can be used to add even more. Options include quad-port Gigabit, dual 10GbE SFP or 10GBaseT, dual-port QDR Infiniband and the Cave Creek' module which adds Intel's Quick Assist hardware acceleration and data encryption technologies.

Featured Resources

Activation playbook: Deliver data that powers impactful, game-changing campaigns

Bringing together data and technology to drive better business outcomes

Free Download

In unpredictable times, a data strategy is key

Data processes are crucial to guide decisions and drive business growth

Free Download

Achieving resiliency with Everything-as-a-Service (XAAS)

Transforming the enterprise IT landscape

Free Download

What is contextual analytics?

Creating more customer value in HR software applications

Free Download

Recommended

Technology reimagined
Whitepaper

Technology reimagined

12 May 2022
Meeting the future of education with confidence
Whitepaper

Meeting the future of education with confidence

12 May 2022
Understanding the economics of in-cloud data protection
Whitepaper

Understanding the economics of in-cloud data protection

12 May 2022
A modern digital workplace strategy
Whitepaper

A modern digital workplace strategy

12 May 2022

Most Popular

Open source packages with millions of installs hacked to harvest AWS credentials
hacking

Open source packages with millions of installs hacked to harvest AWS credentials

24 May 2022
Europe's first autonomous petrol station opens in Lisbon
automation

Europe's first autonomous petrol station opens in Lisbon

23 May 2022
Nvidia pauses hiring to help cope with inflation
Careers & training

Nvidia pauses hiring to help cope with inflation

23 May 2022