Cloud Computing: Acer`s AR380 Starts Strong in Crowded 2U Server Space
The 2U, Acer AR380 F1 uses Intel Xeon 5500 or 5560 series processors to provide up to 12 CPU cores.
The AR380 has 18 DIMM slots for a maximum of 192 GB of DDR3 RAM and hot swappable components throughout.
Getting the AR380 into the rack and opening the chassis requires a screw driver. I spent a fair amount of time pressing on the two thumb pads on top of the chassis before discovering the tiny screws holding the cover in place.
To the right you can see room for seven PCI-E cards. Because we have a stock of legacy PS-2 style KVM connectors, I as pleased to see that these older type connectors are supported on the AR380. The system is powered by redundant 720W power supplies.
It is true that I opened the chassis to inspect the physical configuration and take the pictures seen in this slideshow. The Acer Smart Server Manager appropriately flagged that as a critical event.
After I cleared the chassis open flag in BIOS, the server summary returned to good status.
I could access the management controller to change the network settings used to access the BMC (baseboard management console).
I was able to access the web console from the Smart Server Manager and gain access to the AR380. This feature came enabled by default with no additional licensing required.