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Broadberry CyberServe XE5-102S v3 review

Broadberry’s pizza-box server shows that good things do come in small packages

Storage and expansion

Storage capacity is limited as the chassis only has room for a pair of SFF drives. The backplane is cabled directly one of the motherboard's dual embedded 4-port mini-SAS connectors and supports hot-swap SATA drives.

As the bays are located to the side of the chassis, they're outside the main cooling air flow so Asus only certifies SSDs for this system. Broadberry included two 240GB Intel S3500 SATA SSDs in the price preconfigured in a mirror.

There is another storage option as the motherboard has an onboard M.2 slot. This allows high-speed SATA MLC Flash cards to be installed and Broadberry can supply a 128GB Asus-certified card for a mere 60.

The CyberServe is ideal if your chosen app requires lots of network ports as it has a pair of PCI-Express slots both supporting full-height, half-length expansion cards. Alternatively, you can use the mezzanine slot below and Broadberry quoted us a low 180 ex VAT for a dual-port 10GBase-T card.

Broadberry also includes the ASWM Enterprise app for monitoring all your Asus servers

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