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Supermicro Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Hyper Converged infrastructure for your hybrid cloud

Supermicro Solutions for Azure Stack HCI are perfect hyperconverged solutions for enterprises who plan to update aging servers, consolidate server infrastructure, or run virtual machines on-premises while gaining the benefits of easy access to Azure Hybrid services such as VM backup, cloud-based monitoring, site recovery, etc. Supermicro is one of the first Microsoft hardware partners to provide HCI solutions based on Windows Server 2019. Supermicro S2D solutions provide pre-validated and certified hardware built on a software-defined infrastructure that guarantees application quality and performance, storage and virtualization scalability, streamline management and operations, and lower total cost of ownership.

Supermicro Solutions for Azure Stack HCI provide excellent price versus performance ratio in many technical use cases, ranging from small to large, local to hybrid deployments with high scalability. The six most common technical use cases for Azure Stack HCI are:

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Branch Office and Edge
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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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MS SQL Server
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Scale-out Storage
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Trusted Enterprise Virtualization
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General-purpose Kubernetes

Supermicro validated HCI solutions support virtualizing workloads on-premises with an option to connect to Azure hybrid cloud services by using software-defined data center features of Windows Server 2019 Datacenter such as Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct and software-defined networking. Running on the newest Windows Server 2019 edition, Supermicro HCI Solutions offer higher maximum raw capacity, better support for low-footprint two-node clusters using switchless, back-to-back networking, and improved data availability with new nested resiliency options.

Azure Stack HCI Solution diagram
  Azure Stack HCI (WS2019) WSSD (WS2016)
Max raw capacity per server 400 TB 100 TB
Max pool capacity 4 PB 1 PB
Max number of volumes 64 32
Max capacity per volume 64 TB 32 TB
Nested Mirror Accelerated Parity
True 2 node HCI deployment  
Deduplication for ReFS  
Cluster-wide monitoring  
Persistent memory support  

Supermicro Azure Stack HCI Solution Advantages

Supermicro is now offering Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions that are built on Supermicro industry-leading Intel-based X11 and AMD EPYC-based H11 NVMe/All-flash/Hybrid systems and Microsoft’s latest Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions from Supermicro provide the following benefits:

  • Performance
    • Industry-leading performance delivered by pre-validated Supermicro systems, with improved max capacity and storage performance in Windows Server 2019
  • Features
    • Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with the same Hyper-V based software-defined compute, storage and networking capabilities as for Azure Stack
  • Flexibility
    • Support NVMe, SSD, HDD and multiple drive type combinations for different performance and capacity needs
  • Scalability
    • High availability cluster; it is easy to scale out from 2 nodes up to 16 nodes or to add additional drives to existing nodes
  • Hybrid Capabilities
    • Built-in Azure hybrid services in Windows Admin Center; easy integration between on-premises workloads and cloud services including Azure Site Recovery, Azure backup and more

Intel-based Solution

Supermicro X11 generation SuperServers are designed to deliver the highest performance, flexibility, scalability and serviceability to demanding IT environments, and optimized for mission-critical enterprise workloads.

Supermicro Microsoft-certified solutions support up to 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, 128GB DDR4 memory (up to 36TB per node), and NVMe SSDs as caching devices, flexible options of different drive combinations including All-NVMe, NVMe+HDD, NVMe+SSD, NVMe+SSD+HDD, and more. Each node is equipped with a Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx EN 25GbE NIC.

We currently offer the following Microsoft-certified Azure Stack HCI solution SKUs based on Supermicro X11 platforms:

  • SYS-6029U-E1CR4-HCI contains 2 to 16 nodes of 2U Ultra servers with 3.5" SAS/SATA drives
  • SYS-1029U-TRT-HCI provides 2 to 4 nodes of 1U Ultra servers with 2.5" SATA drives
  • SSG-6019P-ACR12L+-HCI is a SuperStorage server based solution that delivers market-leading storage capacity in a 1U form factor
  • 1U Ultra All-flash NVMe solution SKU SYS-1029U-TN10RT-HCI features 2 to 16 nodes and delivers best in class storage performance
  • A new SYS-2029U-TN24R4T-HCI has recently joined the Azure Stack HCI family for providing an All-flash NVMe solution in a 2U form factor and support up to 24 NVMe drives per node
  • A new SYS-2029BT-DNC0R-HCI, 2U 2-node BigTwin™-based, hybrid solution has recently been added in the Azure Stack HCI family that is optimized for 2-node switchless HCI deployment scenarios
Intel-based Solution SKUs from Supermicro
Category SYS-6029U-E1CR4-HCI SYS-1029U-TRT-HCI SSG-6019P-ACR12L+-HCI SSG-6019P-ACR12L+-HCI SYS-2029U-TN24R4T-HCI SYS-2029BT-DNC0R-HCI
Reference BOM
Check with FAE/OS Solution PM for details
SYS-6029U-E1CR4-HCI SYS-1029U-TRT-HCI SSG-6019P-ACR12L+-HCI SYS-1029U-TN10RT-HCI SYS-2029U-TN24R4T-HCI SYS-2029BT-DNC0R-HCI
Server SKU SYS-6029U-E1CR4 SYS-1029U-TRT SSG-6019P-ACR12L+ SYS-1029U-TN10RT SYS-2029U-TN24R4T SYS-2029BT-DNC0R
OS Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Edition Included
Profile Hybrid All-flash NVMe Hybrid
Form Factor 2U 1U 1U 1U 2U 2U
Number of Systems 2 to 16 2 to 4 2 to 4 2 to 16 2 to 4 1 to 2
RDMA RoCE v2
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 2.0 2.0   2.0 2.0
CPU Dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors
Memory 128GB (up to 6TB DDR4 per node) 128GB (up to 6TB DDR4 per node) 128GB (up to 3TB DDR4 per node) 128GB (up to 6TB DDR4 per node)
Storage Contoller (HBA) LSI 3008 IT Mode LSI 3008 IT Mode Broadcom 3216 SAS3 IT mode N/A N/A Broadcom 3216 SAS3 IT mode
Networking Card (NIC) Mellanox Connectx-4 Lx MCX4121A Dual port 25 GbE SFP28
Storage Type Qty. Form Factor Type Qty. Form Factor Type Qty. Form Factor Type Qty. Form Factor Type Qty. Form Factor Type Qty. Form Factor
Caching NVMe 2-4 2.5" 15mm U.2 NVMe 2 2.5" 15mm U.2 NVMe 2-4 2.5" 7mm U.2 NVMe 2-4 2.5" 15mm U.2 NVMe 2-4 2.5" 15mm U.2 NVMe 2-4 2.5" 15mm U.2
Capacity HDD/SSD 4-8 3.5" U.2 HDD/SSD 4-8 2.5" 15mm U.2 HDD 4-12 3.5" U.2 NVMe 4-6 2.5" 15mm U.2 NVMe 4-10 2.5" 15mm U.2 HDD/SSD 4-10 2.5" 15mm U.2
Drive (OS) 2x 2.5" SATA SSD (480GB) 2x 2.5" SATA SSD (480GB) 1x M.2 NVMe (960GB) 1x M.2 SATA SSD (480GB) 2x 2.5" SATA SSD (480GB) 2x M.2 SATA SSD (480GB)
Supported Storage Interface SAS or SATA SATA only SAS or SATA NVMe NVMe SAS or SATA
Supported alternate configurations NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) NVMe (cache) + NVMe (capacity) NVMe (cache) + NVMe (capacity) NVMe (cache) + SSD (capacity)
SSD (cache) + HDD (storage) SSD (cache) + HDD (storage) SSD (cache) + HDD (storage) NVMe (capacity) NVMe (capacity) SSD (cache) + HDD (capacity)
SSD only SSD only SSD only     SSD only
NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) + HDD (storage) NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) + HDD (storage) NVMe (cache) + SSD (storage) + HDD (storage)     NVMe (cache) + SSD (capacity) + HDD (capacity)

AMD EPYC™-based solution

Supermicro H11 generation A+ systems are optimized for AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors and deliver excellent core density, memory bandwidth and I/O capacity.

We have recently added a 2U Ultra AMD system AS -2023US-TR4 based 2 to 4 nodes Azure Stack HCI solution. Each server node supports dual AMD EPYC processors, up to 7742 CPU, 8TB memory, and the solution offers hybrid drive combination of NVMe and 3.5” SAS/SATA drives.

AMD EPYC-based Solution SKUs from Supermicro
Category AS -2023US-TR4-HCI
Reference BOM
Check with FAE/OS Solution PM for details
AS -2023US-TR4-HCI
Server SKU AS -2023US-TR4
OS Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Edition Included
Profile Hybrid
Form Factor 2U
Number of Systems 2 to 4
RDMA RoCE v2
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
CPU Dual AMD EPYC™ 7000-Series Processors
Memory 128GB (up to 8TB DDR4 per node)
Storage Controller (HBA) LSI 3008 IT Mode
Network Controller (NIC) Mellanox Connectx-4 Lx MCX4121A Dual port 25 GbE SFP28
Storage Type Qty. Form Factor
Caching NVMe 2-4 2.5" 15mm U.2
Capacity HDD 4-8 3.5" U.2
Drive (OS) 2x 2.5" SATA SSD (480GB)
Supported Storage Interface SAS or SATA
Supermicro Microsoft Azure Stack HCI-ready Server Platforms
  • Dual Socket P (LGA 3647) support 2nd Gen. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake/Skylake)
  • 24 DIMMs; up to 6TB 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz† RDIMM/LRDIMM, Supports Intel® Optane™ DCPMM
  • 1 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (FH, 10.5" L), 5 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots (FH, 10.5" L), 1 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slot (LP), 1 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slot (internal LP)
  • 4 1GbE LAN ports via Intel i350
  • 12 Hot-swap 3.5" drive bays: 12 SAS3 via opt. AOC (4 hybrid ports - opt. 4 NVMe), Optional 2 hot-swap 2.5" rear drive bays for SSDs; Optional M.2 NVMe and SATA3 ports
  • 4 Heavy duty 8cm PWM fans
  • 1000W High efficiency (96%) Redundant PSU; Titanium Level
  • Dual Socket P (LGA 3647) support 2nd Gen. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake/Skylake)
  • 24 DIMMs; up to 6TB 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM, Supports Intel® Optane™ DCPMM
  • 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (FH, 10.5" L), 2 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots (1 LP, 1 internal LP)
  • 2x 10GBase-T Ethernet ports
  • 10 Hot-swap 2.5" Drive Bays; 10 SATA3 (2 hybrid ports - 2 NVMe opt.); Optional M.2 NVMe and SATA3 ports
  • 8 heavy duty fans w/ optimal fan speed control
  • 750W Redundant Power Supplies Platinum Level (94%+)
  • Dual Socket P (LGA 3647) support 2nd Gen. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake/Skylake)
  • 12 DIMMs; up to 3TB 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM, Supports Intel® Optane™ DCPMM
  • 3 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, 1 PCI-E 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 slot
  • 12 Hot-swap 3.5" SAS3/SATA3, 4 Hot-swap 2.5" 7mm NVMe/SATA drive bays
  • 2x 10GBase-T ports via Intel C622
  • IPMI 2.0 + KVM with Dedicated LAN
  • 1 VGA, 4 USB 3.0 (rear)
  • Internal Cable Arm
  • 800W Redundant Power Supplies Platinum Level Certified
     
  • Dual Socket P (LGA 3647) support 2nd Gen. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake/Skylake)
  • 24 DIMMs; up to 6TB 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM, Supports Intel® Optane™ DCPMM
  • 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (FH, 10.5" L)
  • 2x 10GBase-T Ethernet ports
  • 10 Hot-swap 2.5" Drive Bays; 10 NVMe (4 hybrid ports - optional SAS3 via AOC); 2 internal M.2 (1 SATA3, 1 NVMe); 1 M.2 NVMe port, Optional extra M.2 NVMe and SATA3 ports
  • 8 heavy duty fans w/ optimal fan speed control
  • 1000W Redundant Power Supplies Titanium Level (96%)
  • Dual Socket P (LGA 3647) support 2nd Gen. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake/Skylake)
  • 24 DIMMs; up to 6TB 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM, Supports Intel® Optane™ DCPMM
  • 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (FH, 10.5" L), 1 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slot (LP)
  • 4 10GBase-T LAN ports with Intel X550
  • 24 Hot-swap 2.5" drive bays; 24 NVMe (4 hybrid ports - SAS3 via opt. AOC), 2 rear Hot-swap 2.5" drive bays; 2 internal M.2 (1 SATA3, 1 NVMe); 1 M.2 NVMe port, Optional extra M.2 NVMe and SATA3 ports
  • 4 Heavy duty 8cm PWM fans
  • 1600W High efficiency (96%) Redundant PSU; Titanium Level
  • Dual AMD EPYC™ 7001/7002* Series Processors (*AMD EPYC 7002 series drop-in support requires board revision 2.x)
  • 4TB Registered ECC DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM in 32 DIMMs (7001 Processors), 8TB Registered ECC DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM in 32 DIMMs (Board revision 2.x required + 7002 Processors)
  • Expansion slots: 1 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (FH, 10.5" L), 5 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots (FH, 9.5" L), 1 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slot (LP), 1 PCI-E 3.0 x8 (internal LP)
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 + KVM with dedicated LAN. Software Out of Band License key (SFT-OOB-LIC) included for OOB BIOS management
  • Quad Gigabit LAN ports via Intel i350AM4
  • 12 hot-swap 3.5" Drive Bays: 12 SATA3 by default or 8 SATA3 + NVMe (optional supported) or 12 SAS3 (SAS Add-on card is optional)
  • 1600W Redundant Power Supplies Titanium Level (96%+)