Gigabyte Bringing More Epyc Choices With New Motherboards & 2u 4-Node Server – Nov 03, 2018 – Taipei, Taiwan (Techreleased) – GIGABYTE is bringing more choices to our highly popular AMD EPYC server line-up with the release of a new dual-socket 2U 4 node server: H261-Z61, and two new single-socket motherboards: MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1.

H261-Z61 Dual Socket Density Optimized Rackmount Server

The H261-Z61 is the new variant of GIGABYTE’s first AMD EPYC 2U 4 node H261-Z60 server released in June, adding support for 8 x U.2 drives (2 x U.2 drives per node) for additional ultra-fast flash storage capacity. Both the H261-Z60 and H261-Z61 combine 4 individual hot pluggable sliding node trays into a 2U server box. The node trays slide in and out easily from the rear of the unit.

Ultra-Fast Storage Support

In the front of the unit are 24 x 2.5” hot-swappable drive bays, featuring support for 2 x U.2 drives and 4 x SATA / SATA drives per each node (for a total capacity of 8 x U.2 drives and 16 x SATA / SAS drives per system). In addition, each node features dual onboard M.2 ports to support additional flash storage device such as an OS boot disk.

Best-In Class Expansion Flexibility

Dual 1GbE LAN ports are integrated into each node as a standard networking option. In addition, each node features 2 x half-length low profile PCIe Gen3 x 16 slots and 1 x OCP Gen3 x 16 mezzanine slots. GIGABYTE delivers best-in class expansion slot options for this form factor.

Easy & Efficient Multi Node Management

The H261-Z61 features a system-wide Aspeed AST1050 CMC (Central Management Controller) and LAN module switch, connecting internally to Aspeed AST2500 BMCs integrated on each node. This results only in one MLAN connection required for management of all four nodes, resulting in less ToR (Top of Rack) cabling and less ports required on your top of rack switch (only one port instead for four required for remote management of all nodes).

Ring Topology Management for Even Greater Efficiency

Going a step further, the H261-Z61 also features* the ability to create a “ring” connection for management of all servers in a rack. Only two switch connections are needed, while each server is connected to each other in a chain. The ring will not be broken even if one server in the chain is shut down. This can even further reduce cabling and switch port usage for even greater cost savings and management efficiency.

GIGABYTE’s unrivalled expertise in motherboard and system design leverages and optimizes AMD EPYC’s benefits to offer to our customers three more unique and versatile products on-point to meet their needs in hyper-converged and high performance computing and storage.