System x GPFS Storage Server


Complex solutions – made simple

Deploying solutions for Technical Computing, High Performance Computing (HPC), Analytics and Cloud environments can place a significant burden on IT. The System x GPFS Storage Server, fulfilled through the Intelligent Cluster™, leverages decades of 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. The GPFS Storage Server (GSS21, GSS22, GSS24 and GSS26) 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. System x 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 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

The GSS is built, tested, delivered and installed and supported as part of an overall Intelligent Cluster deployment. You receive single point-of-contact, solution-level support that includes both 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 System x3650 M4 rack-mount servers
Interconnects   Adapters Switches
10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Mellanox System x/Mellanox/Others
40 GbE Mellanox System x/Mellanox/Others
InfiniBand Mellanox Mellanox
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Adapters LSI NA
Storage units System x Storage Server JBODs
Processors Intel® Xeon® Processor
Operating system (OS) Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL)
Cluster management software 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 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 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.
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 System x machine type; optional warranty service upgrades. Support is 09:00 to 17:00, next business day

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