Supermicro MicroBlade with Pluribus Networks Netvisor
Industry-leading Energy Efficiency, Density,
The joint Supermicro® Pluribus Networks MicroBlade microserver solution with Netvisor brings industry-leading energy efficiency, density, and manageability to ultra high-density server deployments, now with integrated switching featuring Software Defined Networking (SDN) functionality. Where the network is critical to business, be it Enterprise, scale-out Data Center, Cloud, and even SMB, the combination of Supermicro's server expertise with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system for switching maximizes performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. The optional addition of OpenStack adds an additional set of orchestration capabilities for IT and service provider cloud stacks.
The MicroBlade builds on a close partnership between the two companies that already includes use of Supermicro motherboards on the Pluribus Freedom F-series switches.
Supermicro's 6U MicroBlade microserver features 112 Intel® Atom™ based ultra low power hot-swappable nodes, enabling extreme densities up to 784 servers per 42U rack. A dedicated Chassis Management Module (CMM) and four hot-swappable 10/40 GbE Intel FM5224 Ethernet switch modules running the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system are integrated into the rear of the chassis. The Netvisor fabric capability is unique in that it provides the chassis with failsafe operation across the multiple switch modules.
The MicroBlade microserver supports a diverse set of application workloads, space, and budgetary requirements, spanning cloud, collocation, dedicated hosting, web front-end, video streaming, CDNs, download services, and social networking applications. The overall solution, though based today on the Intel Atom, is extensible to the Xeon for additional high-performance applications.
The Supermicro MicroBlade microserver is based on the Intel® Atom™ C2000 series SoC (8 core) with integrated switch modules based on the Intel Ethernet Switch Module FM5224, jointly developed by Intel and Supermicro. They offer advanced features such as 400nS cut-through latency, advanced load balancing, and network overlay tunneling support. The switch module features SDN functionality and includes an Intel Atom C2000 control plane processor, supporting up to 2x 40Gb/s QSFP or 8x 10Gb/s SFP+ uplinks and 56x 2.5Gb/s downlinks per module. Cabling is reduced by up to 99% compared to traditional server + TOR switch configuration.
Key to the MicroBlade is the Pluribus Networks Netvisor, providing a rich set of L2/L3 networking services based on an industry-standard CLI, as well as fabric services for resiliency. An add-on license extends support to advanced L3 including routing and IP multicast, the vManage GUI, and additional functionality that includes inNetwork Analytics and fabric services including DHCP, DNS, NAT, and Load Balancing.
Charles Liang President and CEO of Supermicro
The MicroBlade chassis is available through SuperMicro partners and ships with the MicroBlade IPS package as default. The MicroBlade SDF package is an additional license.
MicroBlade IP Services for Netvisor 2.x for SuperMicro Intel–based MicroBlade switch.
MicroBlade IPS Switch Support, 1 Year
MicroBlade SDF Switch Support, 1 Year
MicroBlade Software Defined Fabric Services for Netvisor 2.x for SuperMicro Intel-based MicroBlade switch.
MicroBlade IPS Switch Support, 3 Years
MicroBlade SDF Switch Support, 3 Years