IBM System x GPFS Storage Server

IBM System x GPFS Storage Server
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IBM System x GPFS
Storage Server
Take the complexity out of complex solutions
Complex solutions—made simple by IBM
Highlights
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Single, integrated IBM storage solution
Built to leverage a strong General Parallel
File System (GPFS™) software market
High-capacity, scalable building-block
approach—performance and capacity
increase as you add multiple building
blocks
Unique, innovative GPFS-Native RAID
capability provides extreme data integrity
and reduced latency with faster rebuild
times, and enhanced data protection
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Cost competitive
Deploying solutions for Technical Computing, High Performance
Computing (HPC), Analytics and Cloud environments can place a
significant burden on IT. The IBM® System x® GPFS Storage Server,
fulfilled through the IBM Intelligent Cluster, leverages decades of
IBM experience to reduce the complexity of deployment with integrated,
delivered, and fully-supported solutions that match best-in-industry
components with optimized solution design. With the GPFS Storage
Server, clients can focus their efforts on maximizing business value,
instead of consuming valuable resources to design, optimize, install and
support the infrastructure required to meet business demands. As part of
making these solutions simple, IBM introduces the GPFS Storage Server
(GSS24 and GSS26). The GPFS Storage Server combines the performance of System x servers with industry-leading GPFS software to offer a
high-performance, scalable building-block approach to modern storage
needs. The GPFS Storage Server allows organizations to start small and
build via incremental additions, providing expanded capacity and bandwidth with each additional GSS building-block.
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Best-of-industry technology, optimized
solution design
The GPFS Storage Server features industry-leading System x
servers, storage enclosures and drives, software and networking
components that allow for a wide choice of technology within
an integrated, delivered solution. IBM thoroughly tests and
optimizes each solution for reliability, interoperability and
maximum performance, so clients can quickly deploy the system and get to work achieving their business goals. With GSS,
you gain all the reliability, integration and interoperability of an
Intelligent Cluster solution, all within a high-capacity, GPFSbased storage architecture.
Increase results with quick rebuild times
Clients are expanding the use of Technical Computing and
HPC to solve complex problems with a need for high-capacity
storage, and low-latency data access with quick rebuild times
in the event of disk failure. Clients are looking for a low
per-terabyte price. As an integral part of the IBM Intelligent
Cluster portfolio, the GPFS Storage Server’s Native RAID
capability provides extreme data integrity, reliability and
f lexibility. GSS’s Declustered RAID technology makes rebuild
times up to 400 percent faster. These features let clients quickly
put the system to work and increase productivity.
The IBM System x GPFS Storage Server provides industry-leading technology in an integrated storage solution that is easy to deploy and manage.
Features of the GPFS Storage Server
End-to-end solutions with end-to-end
support by IBM
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The GPFS Storage Server is built, tested, delivered and
installed by IBM and supported as part of an overall Intelligent
Cluster deployment. IBM provides single point-of-contact,
solution-level support that includes both IBM and third-party
components to deliver maximum system availability throughout
the life of the system. Clients can spend less time maintaining
systems and more time delivering results.
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Scalable building block approach to Technical Computing
storage
Two base configurations—Model 24 (4 JBODs) and
Model 26 (6 JBODs)
2 TB and 3 TB drives available
Base spinning-disk capacity is 464 - 1044 TB, plus six solid
state drives for performance and system management
Choice of FDR InfiniBand or Ethernet interconnects—
or both
Declustered RAID for sustained, predictable performance
and rapid rebuilds
No hardware controllers—Disk management and RAID
performed by the GPFS Native RAID feature
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IBM Intelligent Cluster Summary at a glance
Systems
IBM System x3650 M4 rack-mount servers
Interconnects
Adapters
Switches
10 G Ethernet
Mellanox
IBM/Mellanox/Others
InfiniBand
Mellanox
Mellanox
SAS Adapters
LSI
NA
Storage units
IBM System x Storage Server JBODs
Processors
Intel Xeon Processor E5 2670
Operating system
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Cluster management software
IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) for Linux
Model 24
Model 26
Number of JBODS
4
6
Drive Capacity
2 or 3 TB
Maximum number of drives
232
Supported RAID levels
RAID-1, -6 (8+2P or 8+3P) with IBM’s Declustered RAID technology
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Rack cabinets
42U Rack Cabinet
79.5" H x 25.2" W x 43.3" D (2020 mm x 640 mm x 1100 mm); 574.2 lbs (261 kg)
Power
IBM Ultra Density Enterprise 60A/208V/3ph (US)
Scalability
Building block approach—capacity increases as more building blocks are added to scale out the
entire solution. If the solution is sold as standalone, one additional server node is required for
quorum.
Services
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Warranty
Intelligent Cluster hardware installation is included at no charge
HPC cluster software services and SupportLine are available as optional fee-based services
Cluster Installation Support Services are available through the Cluster Enablement Team (CET)
as optional fee-based services
3-year parts, customer replaceable unit (CRU) or on-site labor, limited warranty, with individual
nodes retaining the warranty and service upgrade offerings for that IBM machine type; optional
warranty service upgrades. Support is 9 x 5, next business day
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For more information
To learn more about the IBM System x GPFS Storage Server
visit: ibm.com/systems/clusters or contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.
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