Review: Supermicro Server Holds Its Own


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Supermicro's highly configurable X9DRW-7TPF+ motherboard also supports a series of right- and left-side PCIe 3.0 (x32 and x16) riser-card options as well as on-board networking and storage configurations. "We like Supermicro because it does offer so many permutations that many times let you get a closer fit for what the customer needs," said Keith Josephson, vice president of engineering at ION Computer Systems, a developer of high-performance computing systems for financial and other markets. "They start with one basic board and chassis design and then offer 10 or 15 variations in terms of SATA, SAS, RAID, and Gigabit and 10-Gbit NICs. I don't know of anyone offering as many versions of a basic design as they do," he said, adding that ION has been a Supermicro reseller for more than 10 years.