SuperMicro All-Flash NVMe Server Solutions

All Flash NVMe Systems Deliver
Order of Magnitude Performance and Efficiency Improvements

Supermicro offers a comprehensive portfolio of All-Flash NVMe Superserver® system that support the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5- 2600 v4 product family. The portfolio provides three fundamental design choices for customers, Throughput/IOPs optimized (1U 10 NVMe); Balanced Throughput and Capacity (2U 24 NVMe); and Capacity Optimized (2U 48 NVMe), part of Supermicro’s Simply Double family providing double the physical storage capacity of traditional form factors.

The All-Flash NVMe Superservers represent a massive improvement in performance over system based on traditional hard disk drives (HDD) and SAS3 solid state drives (SSD). These servers are more power efficient than the traditional systems and have hot-plug capability for improved serviceability and availability. This paper provides an analysis of the new All-Flash NVMe Superserver® architecture and an in-depth comparison of the new All-Flash NVMe Superservers versus SAS3 SSD systems, including comparisons of performance, power and price. The conclusion is that the All-Flash NVMe Superservers provide significant performance improvements and energy efficiency at a comparable cost and that All-Flash NVMe systems deliver a significant TCO improvement for performance critical applications

NVMe Benefits

  • Large throughput gains (6x)
  • Substantial latency improvements (7x)
  • Shared common backplane improves flexibility of drive choice
  • 2.5″ U.2 (SFF-8639) form factor for improved serviceability vs. PCI-E Flash cards (hot-swap)
  • Improved power efficiency

Each Supermicro All Flash NVMe SuperServers™ will greatly outperform the standard all-flash SAS SSD systems on the market today. In the case of the 1U/10 NVMe, SYS-1028U-TN10RT+, we see great scalability. In the 2U/24 NVMe, SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ we have a balance of performance and storage density. For maximum storage density with great performance, the 2U/48 NVMe, SSG-2028R-NR48N.

The density optimized design of Supermicro’s all flash SuperServers™ provides higher read and write performance compared to Industry
Standard SAS3 SSD Servers at a lower cost and power consumption. To meet the equivalent Superservers performance, one needs to add more Industry Standard SAS3 SSD’s Servers to the rack which increases the overall power consumption and TCO.

Fully System Integration

Each configuration profile provides a differentiated price/performance focus, targeting multiple use case requirements. Each profile assumes a target number of Virtual Machines per node, utilizing an average Virtual Machine profile size. Fault tolerance is built into the solution with data replication between nodes, and clustering technology. Flash and hard disks are seamlessly integrated to achieve best balance in performance and capacity.

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