In April, IBM announced IBM System x GPFS Storage Server (GSS), a new storage solution based on System x hardware and IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS). Here are 5 things to know about the new solution:
1. GPFS Storage Server is powered by IBM GPFS software, running on many of the world's largest scientific supercomputers and commercial applications
GPFS is a high-performance shared-disk clustered file management solution. It provides fast and reliable access to a common set of data, online storage management, scalable access, and tightly integrated information life cycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files.
2. GPFS Storage Server is built for performance and scalability
GPFS Storage Server offers high performance on a scalable building-block approach. Performance and capacity increase as you add server and disk enclosures. Two models are available:
Model 24 - 2 x3650 M4 servers with 4 disk enclosures, with up to 232 disk drives
Model 26 - 2 x3650 M4 servers with 6 disk enclosures, with up to 348 disk drives
The offering scales up to a high-density HPC option comprised of 6 x3650 M4 servers and 18 disk enclosures, all fitting in two standard 42U racks. Such a configuration holds more than 1000 drives and as much as 3 petabytes of storage!
3. GPFS Storage Server is built on standard System x components
GPFS Storage Server is a single, integrated, fully supported IBM solution, built to leverage a strong GPFS software market. There are two models, Model 24 and Model 26. GPFS Storage Server comprises:
4 (Model 24) or 6 (Model 26) NetApp DE6600 SAS Disk Controller JBOD disk enclosures
Choice of FDR InfiniBand or Ethernet interconnects, or both
GPFS software (RAID functionality performed by the optional GPFS Native RAID feature)
Each NetApp disk enclosure holds up to 58 drives each, a mixture of solid-state drives and spinning drives, with capacities of up to 3 TB per drive.
4. GPFS Storage Server runs on IBM System x3650 M4 servers
The IBM System x3650 M4 server is IBM’s top selling two-socket Intel-based rack offering. These servers provide outstanding performance for business-critical applications such as data management. Its energy-efficient design supports high performance, memory, and data capacity in a scalable 2U package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.
5. GPFS Storage Server is available as part of the IBM Intelligent Cluster portfolio
GSS is delivered as an integrated storage solution consisting of servers, hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and software. With it, users will have improved data availability and integrity with improved performance and efficiency, at on a cost competitive per terabyte price.
With the Intelligent Cluster portfolio, 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, so you can spend less time maintaining systems and more time delivering results.
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David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.