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GIGABYTE Announces a Unique Server Solution to RAID Drawbacks with GRAID SupremeRAID

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GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced a new server, GIGABYTE R282-Z9G, that gets around hardware and software RAID limitations that bottleneck RAID when used with NVMe SSDs. Continuing in the success of the R282 series, the new SKU was designed to house an all-in-one server solution that specifically targets high performance NVMe (Gen4) SSDs for RAID by incorporating the GRAID SupremeRAID solution into the R282-Z9G. This is the first GIGABYTE server to incorporate a GRAID Technology solution and has proven to be highly successful with Kioxia CM6-R SSDs.

More and more companies are using flash storage and doing so on a larger scale; however, there may be pitfalls when using RAID, such as limitations in computing performance or consuming a large amount of CPU resources. To solve these problems and to do so with a large amount of drives, the GRAID SupremeRAID works by installing a virtual NVMe controller on the OS while integrating a PCIe device for high performance. With this GIGABYTE solution over 100 GB/s of throughput is possible for workloads in HPC, 4K/8K video editing, high-frequency trading, online transaction processing, or database processing.



The R282-Z9G comes with the GRAID card installed and has shown optimal performance with up to 20 x Kioxia CM6 (Gen4) drives. The R282-Z9G supports dual AMD EPYC 7003 processors up to 64 cores and a max TDP of 240 W. Given the dual socket design, there are 32 DIMM slots available for 2 DIMMs per channel in the 8-channel memory configuration. There is a PCIe 4.0 x16 FHHL slot available for high-speed networking. At the rear of the case are an additional 2x 2.5" SATA SSD bays. Ant at the rear of the case are USB 3.0 ports, VGA port for local management, and a pair of 1GbE LAN ports. Powering the system, are redundant 1600 W power supplies.

"If you're going to make the investment in Gen 4 (and soon Gen 5) SSDs, you don't want to be leaving performance on the table," said Brian Beeler the president of StorageReview.com in his latest review of the NVMe RAID card. "The GRAID SupremeRAID solution is absolutely phenomenal, we were blown away by the efficacy of this simple to use card and accompanying software."

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Is it me or did they tried to imitate NVIDIA's T400/600/1000 design on the cooler?
 
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I don't think Nvidia has a monopoly on grey, black, and a fan
 
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Is it me or did they tried to imitate NVIDIA's T400/600/1000 design on the cooler?
Yep, looks like the Quadro series.
It is Quadro T1000, but it should work with pretty much any Nvidia GPU based on Pascal or newer.

Interesting.... but there are too many questions.... Everything on GRAID website is so vague, that I can only assume that they use GPUDirect as with other similar solutions, but given that T1000 is only PCIe 3.0 it won't explain those magic speeds. Also most reviews show very low latency, but it's not clear whether they are measuring the same thing for both softraid and GPUraid.
Just went through their entire webisite, and everything except user manual just looks like a bunch of marketing blabber and barely any info of substance.
 
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Wow. Gigabyte does something interesting...
 
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they are just licensing this tech from GRAID along with few other companies.
Let's be fair, that doesn't make it not interesting.
 
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Is it me or did they tried to imitate NVIDIA's T400/600/1000 design on the cooler?
Yes, there is even a NVIDIA GRAID card ;) A review is available here. However Linux has been making strides for improving performance as well.
 

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It is Quadro T1000, but it should work with pretty much any Nvidia GPU based on Pascal or newer.

Interesting.... but there are too many questions.... Everything on GRAID website is so vague, that I can only assume that they use GPUDirect as with other similar solutions, but given that T1000 is only PCIe 3.0 it won't explain those magic speeds. Also most reviews show very low latency, but it's not clear whether they are measuring the same thing for both softraid and GPUraid.
Just went through their entire webisite, and everything except user manual just looks like a bunch of marketing blabber and barely any info of substance.
Hi Silentbogo -- happy to share more about our proprietary solution, let me know if you'd like to set up a call. You can reach me at 1-866-GRAID-10 or email info@graidtech.com. :) Thanks -- Andrea
 
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Can anyone put this in their system and it just works? Or is it proprietary stuff?
 
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