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Supermicro MicroBlade with Pluribus Networks Netvisor

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.

Industry-leading Energy Efficiency, Density,
and Manageability

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.

Use Cases

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.

Specifications

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.

"With 112 ultra low power, 8-core Atom nodes in 6U and integrated next gen switch modules featuring hypervisor OS technologies from Pluribus Networks, MicroBlade provides the perfect power, space and cost saving microserver solution. MicroBlade complete solutions reduce deployment time and optimize resource utilization to accelerate productivity and infrastructure ROI."

Charles Liang President and CEO of Supermicro

Options

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.

SMuBF-IPS-NVOS2.0
MicroBlade IP Services for Netvisor 2.x for SuperMicro Intel–based MicroBlade switch.

SVC-SMuB-IPS-NVOS2.0-1YR
MicroBlade IPS Switch Support, 1 Year

SVC-SMuB-SDF-NVOS2.0-1YR
MicroBlade SDF Switch Support, 1 Year

SMuBF-SDF-NVOS2.0
MicroBlade Software Defined Fabric Services for Netvisor 2.x for SuperMicro Intel-based MicroBlade switch.

SVC-SMuB-IPS-NVOS2.0-3YRS
MicroBlade IPS Switch Support, 3 Years

SVC-SMuB-SDF-NVOS2.0-3YRS
MicroBlade SDF Switch Support, 3 Years

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