SR-71mach6 SpeedServer™ ion's All-SSD RAID Server
ion's SR-71mach6 SpeedServer™ is an all SSD RAID server optimized to deliver well more than 1 million IOPS performing random reads. The SpeedServer is built on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with the fastest memory and server NICs in a compact, cost-effective, and low-power system. Now, save 5% on SpeedServers.
Sure, you can still deploy servers with spinning rust. But why? Pretend for a moment that the performance of an all-SSD server - very high IOPS, very low latency and amazing bandwidth - is of no value to your organization. What is the value of the higher reliability of SSDs? What tolerance does your organization have for downtime? For slow RAID rebuilds? SR-71mach6 SpeedServer is built entirely with SSD, using RAID, to produce a storage server of very high reliability. SpeedServer? StorageServer? SR-71mach6 is a server, SSD-optimized for the highest performance possible.
"All-Flash Array, or AFA"? Yes, but ion's SR-71mach6 SpeedServer™ can also be built using Intel® Optane™ SSDs based on 3D XPoint™ technology. Or with NVMe Flash drives delivering much lower latency than SATA SSDs. If the requirement is for a server with tiered storage performance, any or all of those technologies can be combined for an optimum mix of performance and capacity with no spinning rust. DCIG suggests that "Any organization that has yet to adopt an all-flash storage infrastructure for all active workloads is operating at a competitive disadvantage."
What would an All-SSD server do for the performance of your database? An All-SSD Windows File Server? Or, an All-SSD Open-E JovianDSS storage server?
Most storage solutions, especially "all-Flash arrays", depend on some "secret sauce", some proprietary technology.
Is your organization prepared to commit to that secret sauce and the future of the technology and the company that provides it?
Is that solution tailored for your organization's requirements? Better than your own team can do with a good platform?
The ion SR-71mach6 SpeedServer™ is SSD-optimized with
years of Flash storage experience, but you choose the hardware and the software that makes your SpeedServer special,
with no proprietary hardware or firmware or software.
Does a file server, call it NAS if you prefer, that can share more than 10 GBytes per second or more than one million IOPS
need any "secret sauce"?
Worried about other interfaces or "future-proofing this investment"? A typical configuration has 5-6 open PCE Express slots.
How much I/O flexibility do your other choices offer?
ION's SR-71 SpeedServer reveals its performance in a number of parameters generated by benchmarks. The Web is full of benchmarks of all sorts. Before looking at benchmark results, one must try to find a benchmark, or a specific test in a benchmark suite, that has some correlation to the application environment in question. For storage benchmarks like these, that means an understanding of typical block sizes used in I/O, the proportion of read versus write, and the proportion of random versus sequential access, among other things. Whether the application is able to queue I/O requests - submit multiple requests before waiting for results - is also a key factor. A result that talks about how many small, sequential reads a system can deliver is of no value at all if the application in question will be typically performing bigger I/Os in a random write/read manner.
Some definitions may help with understanding of the data on the Performance tabs:
The tests reported include results of testing within the SR-71 SpeedServer, running the benchmark on the server, as well as storage network tests. The tabs on the left are for internal testing; towards the right areing iSCSI, Fibre Channel and Windows Server tabs cover the ability of the SR-71 SpeedServer to deliver data over a network.
Most of these performance tabs include details about the system under test and have links to the full, raw test results for deeper analysis of what was actually tested and how the system behaved. Without this kind of information, there is no way to know whether the result reported has any relation to the problem that needs to be solved. That information is presented to provide context for the numbers. There are many results reported elsewhere that lack that kind of context.