IBM System x GPFS Storage Server

Highlights

Complex solutions – made simple by IBM

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 (GSS), 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 optimised solution design. With the GSS, clients can focus their efforts on maximising business value, instead of consuming valuable resources to design, optimise, install and support the infrastructure required to meet business demands. As part of making these solutions simple, IBM introduces the GSS (GSS21, GSS22, GSS24 and GSS26). The GSS combines the performance of System x servers with leading-edge GPFS software to offer a high-performance, scalable building-block approach to modern storage needs. The GSS allows organisations to start small and build via incremental additions, providing expanded capacity and bandwidth with each additional GSS building-block.

Best-of-industry technology, optimised solution design

The GSS features leading-edge 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 optimises each solution for reliability, interoperability and maximum performance, so clients can quickly deploy the system and get to work achieving their business goals. With the GSS, you gain all the reliability, integration and interoperability of an Intelligent Cluster solution, all within a high-capacity, GPFS-based 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 (TB) price. As an integral part of the IBM Intelligent Cluster portfolio, the GSS Native RAID capability provides extreme data integrity, reliability and flexibility. 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.

End-to-end solutions with end-to-end support by IBM

The GSS 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.

Systems IBM System x3650 M4 rack-mount servers
Interconnects   Adapters Switches
  10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Mellanox IBM/Mellanox/Others
  40 GbE Mellanox IBM/Mellanox/Others
  InfiniBand Mellanox Mellanox
  Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Adapters LSI NA
Storage units IBM System x Storage Server JBODs
Processors Intel® Xeon® Processor
Operating system (OS) Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL)
Cluster management software IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) for Linux
  Model 21 Model 22 Model 24 Model 26
Number of JBODS 1 2 4 6
Drive Capacity 1.2 TB 1.2 TB 2, 3, 4 TB 2, 3, 4 TB
Maximum number of drives 24 48 232 348
Supported RAID levels RAID-1, -6 (8+2P or 8+3P) with IBM Declustered RAID technology
Rack cabinets
42U Rack Cabinet 79.5 inches H x 25.2 inches W x 43.3 inches 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
Warranty 3-year parts, customer replaceable unit (CRU) or on-site labour, limited warranty, with individual nodes retaining the warranty and service upgrade offerings for that IBM machine type; optional warranty service upgrades. Support is 09:00 to 17:00, next business day