Supermicro announced the availability of two new all-flash NVMe platforms based on the Intel “Ruler” SSD form factor. The two platforms encompass a 1U server and a 1U JBOF called the SSG-136R-NR32JBF that each support 32 front loading hot-swap Intel ruler form factor NVMe SSDs.
Background Intel “Ruler” SSD Form Factor
At STH, we covered the Ruler SSD form factor in our piece The Intel Ruler SSD: Already Moving Markets. The first ruler SSD is the Intel DC P4500 which Supermicro is using.
The Intel SSD DC P4500 is the first SSD to take this form factor and is thermally optimized for dense applications. Typical U.2 SSDs are in a 2.5″ form factor that was originally designed for hard drives. SSDs, by nature of their architecture, do not need to fit a rotating media and motors. As SSDs have become the primary data center storage media, companies have started to innovate in form factors, designing flash centric designs instead of optimizing for backward form factor compatibility with hard drives.
Supermicro SSG-136R-NR32JBF JBOF
Leveraging the new “ruler” form factor, Supermicro has two new 1U NVMe systems that can utilize up to 32 ruler SSDs. Each Intel P4500 ruler SSD currently tops out at 8TB per drive which means the systems are capable of 256TB of flash per 1U today. Future designs are likely to lift this figure considerably.
The two systems encompass two different approaches to leveraging this flash capacity. Supermicro has a 1U server platform with the compute and RAM in the server primarily for NVMeoF implementations.
The company also has a 1U JBOF platform called the Supermicro Supermicro SSG-136R-NR32JBF that can attach up to twelve nodes to the system that can share the flash storage. Supermicro has other form factors, including a U.2 form factor JBOF design that can also share NVMe storage to 12 hosts that we covered in Supermicro 0.5PB 1U Multi-Host JBOF and RSD 2.1 Released. Here is a diagram to what this looks like:
Supermicro claims aggregate throughput of the ruler SSD systems of around 64GB/s. The company also claims that the systems will be able to support up to half a petabyte of storage with 16TB SSDs later this year and 1PB next year with the EDSFF standard.
The system comes standard with redundant hot-swap cooling fans and power supplies along with tool-less drive trays for increased serviceability and redundancy. For accessibility, the solution supports remote system on/off and system management as well as remote power cycling for each individual drive.