Today we’d like to talk about our fantastic In-Win based cube server, available to configure on our website.
This is a fantastic product in such a small footprint. The chassis itself is only 275 x 210 x 230 mm (D x W x H) and whisper quiet in operation.
What can I use it for? Lots of tasks. We have customers who use this for NAS, home office servers and small departmental servers for businesses. It’s a very versatile chassis and don’t let its small size fool you into thinking it doesn’t pack a punch.
Inside the chassis is a small form factor Asus server motherboard, supporting the latest Intel Core and Xeon E3 V6 series CPUs, as well as up to 32GB RAM. There’s also 4x 3.5” (or 2.5”) HDD hot-swap bays, making this an ideal solution for NAS or storage/archiving.
We offer a wide range of SSD and HDD’s compatible for this system – it can support 10TB drives, giving 40TB of storage in the size of around a shoe-box – very impressive.
For operating systems – you can either choose Windows 10 Pro or Windows Server 2016, making this a turn-key solution. Alternatively you can take the system without an OS, allowing a number of other OS’s to installed that are supported by the motherboard, including Linux and Windows 7.
At the rear of this power-house are a number of useful ports – PS/2, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, VGA, Dual Gigabit LAN and a Dedicated LAN port for the onboard IPMI. The IPMI is a server feature that allows for remote management of the system through a web browser anywhere online. It gives remote diagnostics, the ability to power on/off the server and with an optional IKVM module, the ability to remotely control the keyboard/mouse as if you were connected directly in front of it.
To configure this server online click here.
If you would like to discuss this server in more detail, or would like a different configuration please call our sales team on 01283 576162 who would be happy to help.
In this series of GDPR tips and tricks I will be going through the various services and products we can offer to help with your compliance for GDPR, which will be made the law on the 25th May 2018.
The first part of this series is discussing your data backup, something that Server Store specialises in.
The need for data backup has been around since the dawn of storing data on computer systems and emphasis has been placed on it more and more over the years due to our rapidly growing requirement for data storage. Data backup is not a requirement for GDPR compliance, however it should form part of your IT upgrade strategy in line with GDPR legislation.
In very simple terms, GDPR is there to protect data from theft and loss, but that loss is in fact not a loss as in “I’ve deleted my important data by mistake and lost it all forever”, but in fact lost as in “Someone has stolen my PC with all customer data on it, which is not encrypted or password protected”. In either case, data backup is something that should have serious consideration.
We have a wide range of data backup solutions, including portable encrypted USB drives, which will be immediately GDPR compliant, portable hard drives as well as NAS systems for fixed installations.
How do I know what I need? I’ve put together a quick walkthrough for these three very different products;
Encrypted USB Drives
If you need to store small amounts of data – sub 256GB, and need the peace of mind your data is portable and recoverable in the event of a substantial problem (e.g. theft of PC, Server or fire)
We supply iStorage encrypted USB pens. These all have 256 bit military grade hardware encryption built in. They are incredibly secure. To unlock them you must enter a PIN number into the system and by default these are set so if the PIN is entered incorrectly a number of times it permanently wipes the drive, for that added piece of security.
These aren’t expensive either, with a 16GB at a price of only £34.10 (correct 10th Jan 2018).
To view a range of our iStorage USB drives please click here
Portable, Rugged Hard Drives
Whilst you could certainly use any standard USB HDD as a backup solution, for both on and off-site backup, this isn’t particularly recommended for the following reasons.
1. Most do not offer hardware encryption
2. They are not designed to be frequently moved around and therefore could get easily damaged by mistake.
Our suggestion is a product from HPE, called the RDX series. These are a two part product, the desktop connected docking station and the portable, rugged hard drive.
The hard drive itself is encased in a rugged, plastic and shock proof enclosure. Inside the enclosure is a semi-standard 2.5” HDD, with capacities ranging from 320GB up to several terabytes.
We supply the HPE model, but it is also branded up by other manufacturers such as DELL.
We have a deal on the 1TB model, click here.
These are typically a permanent/fixed and non portable solution, but offer large capacities and features. They are a bit more technical than a USB drive or portable secure hard drive, so would need some IT knowledge to properly setup.
Server Store has a huge catalogue of NAS products from all major vendors, suitable for home users and small businesses.
These products typically have two or more hard drives internally, which are setup in RAID. If used to recommended configurations, this means that if one of the drives fails, then the data is mirrored or kept on the remainder drives and there is no loss of data. This makes a NAS system an excellent proposition for both archiving and backup, but also storing live working files on. We wouldn’t recommend though that live files are stored on the same location as where files are backed-up on to.
To view our range of NAS products please click here.
A fourth option, which we don’t currently specialise in or supply is a web based backup solution, otherwise known as Cloud Backup. There are many cloud backup providers firmly seated in the market place and choosing the right one is fairly simple as they tend to be based around your budget. Providers may include Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, Google Drive and many more. There are also hundreds of independent providers of cloud backup.
I hope this has helped identify the right backup product for you, to help with your compliance but also to give you peace of mind that your data is securely backed up.
If you need any help choosing the right product or solution our sales specialists are available to speak to – Just give us a call on 01283 576162 or email [email protected]
Please note that we will be closing our offices at 4pm on Friday 22nd December and re-opening 9am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
If you have any urgent orders please ensure these are sent to us by 3pm on Friday 22nd to avoid disappointment.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for a superb 2017. Every year we grow and this year hasn’t been an exception to the norm – We’ve almost doubled our head count, doubled our stock holding and close to doubled our custom server build turnover.
We’re all looking forward to 2018 and continuing to grow, despite uncertain times with the UK economy.
It’s an interesting one – AMD hasn’t had the best reputation the past 10 years for it’s CPUs.
The latest iteration of the AMD server CPU, named EPYC was released on June 2017 to worldwide acclaim and scepticism.
Previously for the past 10 years AMD has produced the AMD Opteron CPU. A fairly affordable, but poor CPU. The CPUs ran very hot and required massive amounts of cooling – Where there is heat there is power usage – So the AMD Opteron series CPUs were terribly power hungry, making it a non-starter for a lot of applications – Generally servers need to be as power efficient as possible.
In addition to the power issues was availability. European and UK supply of AMD Opteron CPUs was poor – Very few distributors had their products in stock and almost always were on long lead-times.
It seems AMD has listened and sorted themselves out. AMD EPYC CPUs run very cool, have an industry leading range of core count CPUs and when compared to an Intel CPU, core for core, the EPYC CPUs can be up to quarter of the price.
So the question is – Should I buy one? Yes and No, of course. AMD EPYC CPUs are high-end – the lowest model core count is 8 and equivalent of this would be an Intel E5-2620V4. Pricing at this range is very similar to Intel, but with the motherboards costing more than Intel equivalents, and only a few vendors producing them (Supermicro and Asus being the main ones) it’s still a niche market.
AMD EPYC is for HPC. At the higher core counts, as mentioned earlier, the 32 core CPU is around a quarter of the price of the Intel equivalent. For HPC this makes the Intel CPUs a very attractive option.
Server Case UK are premium Supermicro and Asus partners, producing servers daily for many markets and whilst we still favour Intel platforms, we are more than happy to explore AMD EPYC solutions for our customers.
If you’re considering an AMD EPYC based system and would like to talk to us about the viability or as a proof of concept for a larger installation please give us a call on 01283 576162 or drop us an email to [email protected]
Server Store has been providing custom built CCTV storage servers for years – We have a huge amount of experience, not only with the hardware, but also with the software.
What is a CCTV Storage System? It’s a DVR (such as what you’d get from Hikvision or Swann), but using server components. The primary benefits of using a custom built CCTV system is expandability and reliability.
A traditional DVR is a single system, usually running embedded Linux or a custom simplified OS. Most of these systems also have a single or sometimes dual hard drives, fixed internally. They can usually be expanded, but usually by replacing existing drives, meaning archived footage would be unavailable, for example.
These DVR’s also come with a single PSU and have no fault tolerance. Models with any kind of RAID/backup/data protection are rare and very expensive.
CCTV is important wherever it is installed and any downtime could be expensive – Downtime could mean missing an employee damaging or stealing products, it could mean missing an intruder or something else.
This is where our custom CCTV servers come in. They run Windows and can run a range of CCTV software. We can provide simple systems with a few TB of storage, up to very large multi-site mirrored installations, running in a disaster recovery setup.
We’re partnered with Cathexis (a local business to us) and Milestone for their software applications – otherwise more commonly known in the security industry as VMS (Video Management Software)
There’s a huge amount of benefits using VMS software on a custom CCTV system over traditional single DVR’s, and these include;
We have a range of CCTV Servers available on our site to view and configure. If you need any help choosing the right model for your immediate and future needs please speak to our sales team on 01283 576162 or drop us an email to [email protected]