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With the ever-increasing need for storage, it becomes a challenge to be able to fit high-capacity drives to enclosures with the rack space being the always present limiting factor on any infrastructure that customers face. Usually this requires utilizing more RU space on multiple enclosures to achieve the desired storage expansion.

Blog | Choosing the Best High Density Storage Server For Your Business

November 11th 2021
 

Ivan Trendafilovski, System Engineer - DiGiCOR

 

Why high-density storage servers?

With the ever-increasing need for storage, it becomes a challenge to be able to fit high-capacity drives to enclosures with the rack space being the always present limiting factor on any infrastructure that customers face. Usually this requires utilizing more RU space on multiple enclosures to achieve the desired storage expansion.

The complete offering of custom industry leading Supermicro dense servers and JBOD enclosures provides customers with more choices to deploy massive capacity in a growing software-defined ecosystem in various RU sized enclosures.

 

Why high-density storage servers are better for your use case

The demand for storage is set to triple in the coming years and there are many reasons for this, one of major key applications for such solution includes:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software defined Storage (Ceph, Nexenta)
  • HPC computing
  • Data backup & replication
  • IoT
  • AI
  • Video surveillance
  • High resolution media for visual/medical production
  • Government DATA protection and Cold Storage Archive
  • Cost and Space saving (Rack space cost, power consumption cost, storage per Watt etc)

As most of the industry is slowly switching to all-flash solutions, it is still very expensive and limited in terms of big storage capacity compared to spinning disks, so the demand for high-capacity disks is still going to be big factor until the SSD industry catches up.

 

 

The Supermicro Approach

With some clever engineering, Supermicro are able to maximise the chassis space to the fullest by offering various sizes and slot capacity ranging from 45 bay all the way to 90 bay. These are the ultimate storage solutions being able to fit any infrastructure

All the designs provide adequate airflow and structure to allow more efficient heat transfer to reduce temperature and stress from vibrations on the spinning disks.

  • The higher end enclosures have a front mounted 3.5” LCD in front for easy and quick visual identification on the drive bays and the chassis sensors for the rest of the components, including log recording

By utilizing Top-loading mechanism for its bays, Supermicro were able to populate 90 bay in a 4U compute enclosure thus saving a lot on their rack footprint.

What is the pricing of a high density storage server? 


 

Supermicro Storage SuperServer SSG-640SP-DE2CR90 

  • 90-Bay 3.5"/2.5" drive bays
  • Dual 3rd Generation Intel Xeon scalable, up to 72 cores per node
  • HBA Controller
  • PCIe Expansion

Another innovative design that this Supermicro storage systems features is the doubling the capacity for 3.5” in a 2U chassis through the addition of a 2nd pop-up row for additional 12 bays. 


 

Supermicro SuperStorage 6029-E1CR24H/L   

           

  • 24-Bay 3.5" SAS/SATA drive bays
  • Dual 3rd Generation Intel Xeon scalable, up to 72 cores per node
  • 24 DIMM; up to 6TB DDR4-2933MHz
  • PCIe Expansion

For those customers that are looking for the absolute fastest speeds and extreme density and capacity, this All-NVMe at Petascale size in 1U chassis offers the highest throughput performance amongst competitors.

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Supermicro SuperServer 1029P-N32R 

  • Dual Drawer/Tray for a total of 32 NVMe 2.5" SSDs
  • Dual 2rd Generation Intel Xeon scalable, up to 72 cores per node
  • H24DIMMs; up to 6TB DDR4-2933MHz
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16

The 1029P-N32R features high throughput ingest with high density hot storage. Ideal for HPC, data analytics, media/video streaming, content delivery network, and big data for rack storage. 


 

 

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