At SC’15 Supermicro released its first series of Intel Omni-Path related products. We covered Omni-Path a few times after an in-depth briefing at IDF 2015 earlier this year including the first photos of switches. Several vendors including Supermicro are releasing products that are Omni-Path enabled, including Supermicro. The company is also releasing 60-bay and 90-bay storage enclosures.
New 60 bay storage server and 90 bay JBOD
The Supermicro SSG-6048R-E1CR60N we heard about some time ago. It has 60 top loading 3.5″ storage bays in the 4U chassis. Just for perspective, the touted Backblaze Storage Pod v5 is still relegated to 45 drives in a 4U making this solution 33% more dense than that media darling. The chassis features an integrated 12.0gbps SAS expander paired with LSI SAS controllers. We are told there is a SAS 3008 and a SAS 3108 version depending on if a customer wants LSI RAID logic or will be using a software solution. Here is what the chassis looks like with the lid open and a hard drive pulled out:
The 90 bay storage server The Supermicro SC946ED-R2KJBOD is a dual SAS expander JBOD chassis that enables a high-availability architecture.
Using today’s 6TB drives the 60 bay server can store upwards of 360TB while the 90 bay JBOD chassis can hold 540TB of storage. As disk sizes creep larger into the 10TB+ category, this 90-bay JBOD will have capacity for 1PB in a 4U chassis.
Supermicro Intel Omni-Path Gear
Along with the official release of Intel Omni-Path we have the release of Supermicro gear supporting Omni-Path. Supermicro has an Omni-Path enabled 2U TwinPro2 that includes both the new 100Gbps Intel interconnect but also the Intel Xeon Phi x200 Knight’s Landing processor (SYS-2028TPK-HTR.)
Overall there is a myriad of hardware coming out at SC’15 as the high-performance segments do drive a large portion of the market’s direction. We will hopefully get to test some of this new gear in the coming months.