Storage Servers with Uninterruptible Power

Unstoppable Power - Pogo Linux Iris 429-24 and Atlas 413-24

As IT professionals, we all work hard to keep our company’s stored data secure, yet available. We spend a great deal of time and money on ensuring the privacy and integrity of the information our organizations need to store.

On the long list of mandatory hardware and software components for any secure IT environment, one line item that sometimes overlooked is redundant power. Frequently, smaller organizations do not have the budget or physical space for costly Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). Nonetheless, the necessity for protection from power outages is always a concern.

No Additional Hardware NeededNo UPS necessary

Pogo Linux now offers an elegant solution to the power conundrum – two well-appointed 4U storage servers with optional built-in UPS battery backup. In the case of a power outage, the system can shut itself down gracefully, using no additional hardware outside the system itself. It is designed from the ground up to be the complete storage solution for organizations requiring on-premise secure data storage with 24-7-365 data availability.

The Iris 429-24 storage server boasts the best of the latest technologies, such as Intel™ Xeon™ SP processors, up to 512 GB DDR4 memory, redundant power supplies, redundant 2.5″ OS drives, and up to 24 SAS or SATA drives. The Atlas 413-24 sports the same great overall feature set, built atop the new AMD™ EPYC™ platform.

Enjoy the peace of mind that uninterruptible storage brings to your organization with the Iris 429-24 and Atlas 413-24 Storage Servers.

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What is Ethereum and why should you mine it?

By now, you’ve probably heard of Ethereum mining. It’s definitely the new hotness – the number of folks joining the fold has exponentially spiked over the last couple of months. Are you interested in jumping in? Still wondering what it is and why people are so excited about it? Read on…

What is Ethereum, anyway?

From the Ethereum website:

Ethereum is a community-driven project aiming to decentralize the internet and return it to its democratic roots. It is a platform for building and deploying applications which do not need to rely on trust and cannot be controlled by any central authority.

Want to try mining? Here’s how to get started.

The first step is to set up a wallet. You will need a wallet address to store Ether or make transactions. A wallet is essentially a log which keeps track of transactions between people. You can use online or desktop wallets to store this data. The easiest is going to be an online wallet. Two suggestions for an online wallet are MyEtherWallet and Coinbase. Though Coinbase may be easier to set up, MyEtherWallet allows for exporting to other applications. Once you get your wallet set up, download your keystore file. You will need to ensure you keep this file, and the generated private key.

You will also want to research and choose a pool. A pool is a collection of miners that are jointly working to solve a block faster than one single miner. By joining a pool, you can gain ether for blocks you help solve, rather than blocks you only solve on your own. There are many different public pools with different payoffs and percentages. Research pools to find one you are comfortable with. We chose ethermine.org for our short term testing.

Ethereum BG Image

Once all that is set up, you will need a system that supports a modern linux distribution and a modern GPU. We used our Tempest M2 system as a base which consisted of a Core i7-6700k, 16GB of Ram and a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. CPU selection is not critical, so there is no reason not to get a more affordable CPU such as an entry level Celeron or Pentium. For Linux running at the command line only, you can get away with 4GB-8GB of ram.

Setting up the software

We installed Ubuntu 16.04 with the latest updates as well as the latest NVIDIA Driver:

wget 
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1404/x86_64/
cuda-repo-ubuntu1404_7.5-18_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1404_7.5-18_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -y install software-properties-common
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git cmake libcrypto++-dev libleveldb-dev libjsoncpp-dev 
libjsonrpccpp-dev libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev libreadline-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev 
ocl-icd-libopencl1 opencl-headers mesa-common-dev libmicrohttpd-dev build-essential cuda -y

We then installed the Claymore application for mining:
https://github.com/nanopool/Claymore-Dual-Miner/releases

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://github.com/nanopool/Claymore-Dual-Miner/releases/download/v9.5/
Claymore.s.Dual.Ethereum.Decred_Siacoin_Lbry_Pascal.AMD.NVIDIA.GPU.Miner.
v9.5.-.LINUX.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /usr/local/claymore95
sudo tar -xvf Claymore.s.Dual.Ethereum.Decred_Siacoin_Lbry_Pascal.AMD.NVIDIA.GPU.Miner.
v9.5.-.LINUX.tar.gz -C /usr/local/claymore95

We then created a script to set up claymore for mining:

cd /usr/local/claymore95
sudo chmod u+s ethdcrminer64
sudo nano mine.sh

We then set up the following in the mine.sh file:

#!/bin/sh
export GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR=0
export GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE=100
export GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS=1
export GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT=100
export GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT=100
./ethdcrminer64 -epool <Mining_Pool_Address> -ewal <Your_Ethereum_Wallet_Address>.
<Friendly_Name_For_Computer> -epsw x -mode 1 -tt 68 -allpools 1
 
 
Replace <Mining_Pool_Address> with the address of your mining pool
Replace <Your_Ethereum_Wallet_Address> with your Ethereum wallet address
Replace <Friendly_Name_For_Computer> with a name for your rig (e.g.: PogoMiner)

Be sure to chmod the file to allow executable permissions: “sudo chmod +x mine.sh
After that, just run the script and start mining! It will take some time for things to get going, and it is recommended to script this into a screen as well as auto startup if you plan on mining long term. Finally, be sure to check out the EtherMining subreddit. There is a lot of useful information there.

Do you have questions about Ethereum and the hardware to start your own mine? Please let us know.

Tempest M2 from Pogo Linux


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Intel Xeon SP – A datacenter on your desk

Xeon SP Desktop Datacenter

Earlier this month, we were proud to announce the all-new Intel™ Xeon™ SP family, making it available to you in our new line of servers.  Intel heralded their new platform as the “Biggest data center platform advancement in a decade.” As pleased as we’ve been with the performance of the new servers, it should go without saying that we’ve been chomping at the bit to introduce a desktop workstation built on this new Xeon SP platform. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the new Pogo Linux Velocity D59SQ.

Architected for the Datacenter – Astounding on the Desktop

With up to 28 cores per CPU and up to 512 GB of memory, the Velocity D59SQ promises exceptional multi-threaded performance. As expected with every architectural upgrade by Intel, you can expect nothing less than world class performance.

Configure your own Velocity D59SQ featuring Intel Xeon SP Processors here.

Velocity D59SQ with Intel Xeon SP


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Finally an EPYC Desktop

AMD EPYC Workstation

Last month, we were proud to announce the all-new AMD EPYC processor, making it available to you in our new line of servers.  As pleased as we’ve been with the performance of the new servers, it should go without saying that we’ve been chomping at the bit to introduce a desktop workstation built on this new EPYC platform. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the new Pogo Linux Vorticon 575E.

High Thread Count

With an available 24 or 32 cores per CPU plus up to 512 GB of memory, the Vorticon 575E promises exceptional multi-threaded performance. Given the half-decade gap since AMD’s last major platform upgrade, we’ve been expecting nothing less than world class performance numbers. With the benchmark numbers we’ve been seeing in our initial tests, we are happy to report there’s once again some competition in the high-performance computing market. The price-to-performance ratio of the AMD EPYC platform makes it a compelling alternative to the leading enterprise computing platforms.

EPYC at a glance

  Vorticon 575E

 

Configure your own Pogo Linux Vorticon 575E featuring AMD EPYC Processors here

AMD EPYC Servers

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Bryan Lunduke Gets Schooled about VR by Pogo Linux

Last week, Chris Stevenson (our resident VR expert), was a special guest on The Lunduke Hour, hosted by Bryan Lunduke. They had an enlightening conversation about Virtual Reality platforms, what industries are driving the evolution of VR, and what kind of system you need to make the most of a VR kit. Watch it here:

Pogo Linux VR Development Workstations

Pogo engineers are continually on top of the latest developments in VR technology and can design the ideal configuration to meet the unique demands of your project. Pogo VR workstations are the perfect development platform for this next generation technology.

Need to get cracking on your next VR project? Check out our full line of VR Development Workstations. Questions? Give our sales engineers a shout at 1-888-828-7646 or drop us an email at sales@pogolinux.com.

Configure your VR system now

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Performance for the Next Generation Datacenter

Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

With applications and workloads becoming increasingly complex, it is vital for any new hardware platform to keep up with continually increasing performance demands. Launching today, the new Intel© Xeon© Processor Scalable Family does just that with several key improvements in architecture and performance. The platform benefits greatly from a 1.5x increase in memory bandwidth and support for DDR4 2666 memory modules. In addition, the older QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) has been replaced by the new Intel© UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect) increasing speeds to 10.4 GT/s. A revised cache hierarchy boosts the amount of private L2 cache per core to reduce contention and increase performance. All of these performance enhancements coupled with up to 28 cores and 56 threads per socket make the new Pogo Linux Iris servers, powered by the new Intel© Xeon© Processor Scalable Family perfect for today and tomorrow’s most diverse and demanding data center applications.

Improved Efficiency

Alongside the performance improvements, the new Iris servers also provide enhanced features focused on energy efficiency and power management. New optimized Turbo profiles mean servers can reduce clock frequencies more gradually as the number of active cores increases. This provides a better range of performance while reducing power consumption. Other advancements include dynamic power sharing between core, uncore, and MCP companion die, plus larger L2 cache for reduced interconnect and coherence activity, increasing efficiency. For power management, the processors support the new Intel© Speed Shift Technology for autonomous P-state control. This new technology increases the cooperation between hardware and software performance control, providing finer grained, faster power control changes. All of these additions and updates add up to the most power efficient Xeon© processors Intel© has ever produced. Intel-Xeon-Scalable-6

Hardware-Enhanced Security

Security is also a top priority with the new platforms. Page Protection Keys (PPK) extends the paging architecture to provide page-granular, thread-private user-level memory protection. Additionally, Mode Based Execution (MBE) protects against malicious kernel updates in a virtualized system. Also, MPX (Memory Protection Extension) enables bounds checking on data accesses to prevent buffer overflow attacks.

Key Features

○1.5x increase in memory bandwidth and support for DDR4 2666 
○ Up to 28 cores / 56 threads per socket
○ Ultra Path Interconnect (Intel© UPI) replaces QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) 
○ Re-architected L2 & L3 cache hierarchy – larger private L2 cache, less shared L3
○ New instruction set architecture enhancements including compute (Intel AVX-512),
virtualization (improved time stamp counter), and security (Page Protections Keys,
Mode Based Execution, MPX – Memory Protection Extension)
○ Energy Efficiency:
■ Optimized intermediate core turbo profile
■ Dynamic power sharing between core, uncore, and MCP companion die
■ Larger L2 cache reduces interconnect and coherence activity
○ Power Management Enhancements:
■ Intel Speed Shift Technology for autonomous P-state control
■ Improved core and uncore frequency scaling heuristics
■ On-die Pmax detector for rapid response to power excursions
○ Newly optimized Turbo profiles enables large frequency increases
at intermediate active core counts

Configure your Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family Server Now

See the complete line of new Pogo Linux Iris Servers featuring the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family at:
http://www.pogolinux.com/products/intel-xeon-processor-scalable-family-servers


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AMD is back!

AMD Returns with EPYC

For many years, AMD has been dormant; its most recent generation of processors (Opteron) launching over five years ago. In the intervening years, the competition has steadily moved forward, removing the AMD Opteron processor from consideration for new server deployments. With the launch of the EPYC processor series, this has all changed. Not only does this new processor have performance comparable to the current x86 competition, but it also supports a full 128 lanes of PCIe with only a single processor. This is a feat with which the current competition simply cannot compete.

Improved CPU Utilization

When AMD set out to design its latest generation of processor, it decided to zero in on what it found when looking at many datacenters — low CPU utilization. While most data centers are filled with dual-processor servers, these systems have on average only a 40% utilization rate. Also, most applications are rarely CPU bound, with memory and I/O being the two main bottlenecks. In many of these instances, the main advantage of having dual CPU’s is what it provides in the form of total memory count and number of available PCIe lanes. The processing power just isn’t necessary.

Advantages of the AMD EPYC Processor

Ideal for Software Defined Storage and GPU computing

Instead of talking in generalities, let’s look at two scenarios where a single processor AMD EPYC system could really benefit end users — Software Defined Storage (SDS) and GPU computing. In most of our storage deployments, a powerful appliance or head node makes all the difference. However, most storage systems are not CPU bound. The most important attributes are number of I/O lanes, bandwidth, and memory count. Storage servers must have maximum connectivity (lots of PCIe lanes) and high memory counts (lots of caching). Processing power is secondary. AMD EPYC processors allow a single processor storage system to maximize performance while saving upfront costs and decreasing power consumption over the life of the system.

GPU systems have similar needs as storage systems. However, instead of having lots of external I/O connections, they have the need for massive internal I/O in the form of many GPU co-processors all connected by PCIe. Since the bulk of the processing is being performed by the GPU cards, dual processors are not necessary. Again this is another situation where the TCO of the solution can be reduced by using the AMD EPYC processor.

AMD EPYC Processor Architecture

Better price to performance ratio

In addition to single processor systems, the new AMD processor will also be a great choice for regular dual processor (DP) servers–such as the refreshed Atlas 1288R. Based on preliminary performance data, the AMD DP systems are already proving to be comparable to other x86 based systems on the market, and with better price / performance. Competition is good, and with the EPYC processor — we’re glad AMD is back!

Specifications

Compute
○ 16 to 32 AMD x86 cores (32 to 64 threads)
○ 512KB L2 cache per core (16MB total L2 cache)
○ 64MB shared L3 cache

Memory
○ 8 DDR channels per socket
○ DDR4 with ECC 170.7GB/s @ 2667MHz

Integrated I/O
○ 128 Lanes PCIe Gen3

See the complete line of refreshed Pogo Linux Atlas Servers at:
http://www.pogolinux.com/products/amd-epyc-rackmount-servers

AMD EPYC Servers

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HGST 4U60G2 Storage Platform

HGST 4U60G2 from Pogo Linux

In partnership with HGST, Pogo Linux is proud to announce the availability of the J4601S Storage System.  Based on the brand new HGST 4U60G2 storage platform, the J4601S is a cost-effective yet scalable storage solution. Features include an industry-leading 5-year whole-solutionwarranty on the chassis and drives, plus scalability from 144TB to a whopping 2.88PB. With up to 60 Ultrastar® drive modules in a single platform, a 12Gb/s SAS interface, and HDD-SSD hybrid capability, this 4U platform is ideal for high-capacity storage needs requiring HA capabilities. When paired with Pogo Linux head nodes for true high availability (HA), the HGST 4U60G2 becomes part of a complete solution for file, block, or object scale up storage.

Key Features

• Up to 60 integrated Ultrastar® drive modules
• Available capacities: Drive/Capacity: 12TB/720TB, 10TB/600TB, 8TB/480TB, and 6TB/360TB
• Hybrid capability: can be configured with SSDs
• Available with SAS drives for HA application
• Available with 512e or 4Kn sector size (by part number)
• Supports up to 4 storage enclosures for daisy-chaining
• Host connectivity: 4 x HD Mini-SAS ports per IO Module
• Fully compliant with 12Gb/s SAS 3 interconnect
• Hot-swappable components
• SCSI Enclosure Services (SES-3)
• Microsoft Certified for Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016
• 5-year limited warranty on both drives and chassis

Value Proposition

The Pogo Linux J4601S is the ideal choice for high-capacity storage needs. Talk to the engineers at Pogo Linux and determine the ideal configuration for your needs.

Configure your own HGST 4U60G2

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Does your secure NAS have end-to-end encryption?

Secure your data with the Storage Sentinel

Now more than ever, security is top of the list under IT department priorities. For some industries, anything less than the most hardened security is simply not an option. Rising to meet that challenge, Pogo Linux is pleased to unveil the Storage Sentinel Q4236 Secure NAS Appliance. Aimed at industries such as law enforcement, defense, healthcare, and financial services, these systems provide an unprecedented level of hardware security with data-at-rest encryption that prevents unauthorized access — even for individuals with physical access to the storage media.

Along with the secure hardware, the Storage Sentinel NAS features the latest version of QuantaStor SDS by OSNEXUS. QuantaStor SDS is compliant with governmental encryption standards such as the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) standard, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) specification, and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). It provides advanced security features such as activity audit logging, system use notifications, strict password requirements, data encryption in motion, and secure data shredding.

Additionally, the Storage Sentinel is built to perform. Even when an organization requires premium security features, they should not have to sacrifice performance. With this in mind, this system boasts a potent combination of encrypted spinning disks and ultra-fast solid state drive storage.

Key Features

• OSNEXUS QuantaStor SDS high-performance secure storage platform
• Easy to manage ZFS scalable file system
• Audit Logging – complies with CJIS requirements
• Encryption and Security Policy Compliance – complies with CJIS standards
• Advanced RBAC Security Model – Utilizes Role-Based Access Controls
• Up to 36 Secure Encrypted Hard Drives
• Dual Intel Xeon Processors
• Up to 1 TB DDR4 Memory
• 3-year limited warranty

No Compromises

The Pogo Linux Storage Sentinel Secure NAS Appliance represents an uncompromising commitment to security without a sacrifice in performance. If your organization requires high-performance data storage built on an extremely secure platform, talk to the engineers at Pogo Linux.

Storage Sentinel - Secure your data

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VR is way more than entertainment

While Virtual Reality has rapidly established itself as a compelling option for home entertainment, that is really only the beginning. There is a vast universe of possibilities for VR in business. Find out more in our video:

Bringing VR Development to Your Desk

Pogo engineers are continually on top of the latest developments in VR technology and can design the ideal configuration to meet the unique demands of your project. Currently supporting Windows 10 and soon Linux, Pogo VR workstations are the perfect development platform for this next generation technology.

Configure your VR system now

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