The Compucon 3U8 Workgroup server was first introduced in June 2011. The proposition was a 3U system offering 8 x System Nodes, with
each node powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor, up to 32GB UDIMM
ECC memory, a PCI-E x8 low profile expansion slot, 2 x 3.5" HDD, Dual GbE
and dedicated IPMI remote management. In effect this provided 8 independent single socket Xeon systems in the space of a 3U rack mount chassis, thus offering excellent total cost of ownership. This month (February 2014) brings an update to our range of solutions, with additional variations to suit different needs.
All of the solutions presented (whether 8, 12 or 24 nodes) are conveniently
integrated in a 3U rack mount chassis. They all support the latest generation of Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 processors and up to 32GB of ECC memory. Other standard features are Dual GbE, dedicated LAN for IPMI remote management, heavy duty and optimised cooling, and platinum-level efficient and redundant power supplies.
The 3U12 solution offers 12 independent system nodes. For storage each system node supports up to internal 2 x 3.5" or 4 x 2.5" SATA HDD in RAID 0, 1 or 10. For networking each node can have InfiniBand FDR or 10GbE SFP+ instead of the standard Dual GBE.
The 3U24 solution offers 24 system nodes. The main advantage to this variation is the housing of 24 system nodes in the space of a 3U chassis. This is achieved by having 12 sleds that are hot-pluggable into the 3U chassis, with each sled offering two system nodes. The main disadvantage is in the lack of 10GbE or Infiniband networking options while storage-wise we can fit up to 2 slim 2.5" SATA SSD per system node (4 per sled).
The 3U8 solution offers 8 independent system nodes. By giving up processor density the main advantage of this arrangement is expandability and storage. Each of the 8 system nodes gain a low-profile PCI-E 3.0 x8 expansion slot in addition to a Micro-LP slot that provides Dual GbE, 10GbE, Dual-port 10GbE, or InfiniBand FDR options. Storage-wise, each system node takes up to 2 x front hot-swappable 3.5" SAS/SATA HDDs in RAID 0 or 1.
We recommend Fitness for Purpose and Total Cost of
Ownership as the criteria for purchasing decisions. Please email
for any immediate requirements or to discuss further - we are happy to assist you with future planning.