GIGABYTE Announces New Line of Servers for the Edge with the E251-U70


Taipei, Taiwan, September 10th 2020 – GIGABYTE Technology, (TWSE: 2376), an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced the GIGABYTE E251-U70, which is designed for edge computing applications. The E251-U70 displays what it takes to have high-performance computing, robust storage, and network options all wrapped in a small box. Edge solutions deploy on the edge to handle rule-based analytics, retail applications, AI, and more. The E251-U70 is the first in a new line of GIGABYTE servers called “E-series” designed for edge applications.

▲ E251-U70: front & rear view
New Series of Servers for the Edge: E-Series

The new E-series servers address the need for edge computing in a small form factor. Edge use cases dictate that many edge servers will be deployed in a more confined space and servers must be “down-sized” to fit. The E251-U70 creates a 2U form factor that trims down to 439 x 86 x 449mm (WxHxD), as the depth has decreased from the typical 800-860mm depth to a short depth of 449mm to better-fit edge requirements. At the same time, the server maintains its structural integrity, quality of manufacturing, and good cooling capacity.

Introduction to the E251-U70

Intel Xeon Scalable Platform:
The E251-U70 supports a single 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor that is up to 205W. With this platform, the E251-U70 is able have up to a 2TB memory capacity of 2933MHz DDR4 split across 8DIMM slots. Even though the platform has 6 memory channels, the DDR4 server memory is still able to run at 2933MHz thanks to a GIGABYTE feature. In addition, the E251-U70 has support for Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory so the server could be populated with 6 x DDR4 DIMMs and 2 x DCPMMs.

▲ E251-U70: top view

When it comes to storage, the E251-U70 has six hot-swap HDD/SSD bays leaving plenty of room for scaling up while supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. On the motherboard, MU71-SU0, is a slot for a M.2 drive to be used for database applications or cache for drives. Because of the choice in storage bay layout, there is room for accelerators as GIGABYTE was able to fit in a riser card that can support up to two full-height full-length GPUs. Last, there is dual 1GbE LAN ports. This configuration offers a great balance of computing power, storage, and scalability.

Remote and Multiple Server Management:
As part of GIGABYTE’s value proposition, GIGABYTE provides GIGABYTE Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management via a web browser based platform. Whether for server monitoring, updating BIOS and firmware, or remote management, GMC delivers. Additionally, GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM) software is free to download and used to monitor and manage multiple servers. GMC and GSM offer a great value while reducing license and customer maintenance costs.

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