IBM Elastic Storage Server Enhanced

Improved performance and rack density, 10TB HDDs, 100GbE
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.04.18

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IBM Elastic Storage Server delivers affordable, scalable, high-performance, server-based storage for your modern data workloads

New IBM Elastic Storage Server models provide a configurable storage offering in the Elastic Storage Server family.

Enhancements include:

  • Improved performance and rack density
  • Higher capacity 10TB SAS HDDs
  • Mellanox 1GBE top of rack switch as configurable option
  • 100GBE interconnect
  • Simplified license management with disk-based pricing

The new Elastic Storage Server models GL2S, GL4S, and GL6S are the next generation of Elastic Storage Server technology, giving up to 80% more disk space and up to 50% greater streaming data performance than the previous offering.

It is a complete storage solution in a single rack that comprises data servers, storage, and Spectrum Scale for Elastic Storage Server V4.2.3 software. It is able to support workloads such as MapReduce Analytics, high-performance compute and analytics, genomics, video, weather, SAP/HANA, and enterprise backup and restore.

These new models of Elastic Storage Server support up to 12 EDR IB and 10G,, and now 100GbE ports with the newly announced 100GbE adapter.

As the storage requirements of file, object, and Hadoop workloads scale, Elastic Storage Server installations can grow in a building block approach. Each building block gives additional storage space, bandwidth, performance, and the single file system image that can automatically grow. Data is automatically migrated to balance performance, and by deploying Spectrum Scale Transparent Cloud Tiering, data can be migrated to and from cloud-based storage systems.

IBM is also announcing a set of support services for clients making the transition to modern storage systems.

Key prerequisites

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power (le)
  • Spectrum Scale for IBM Elastic Storage Server
  • IBM Select Support for xCAT V2

Planned availability date: May 26, 2017