Quanta is a Fortune Global 500 company, providing custom-engineered and off-the-shelf datacenter solutions. Founded in 1988, the company is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of an array of consumer and business computing products. Since 2000, the company has engineered and manufactured server, storage and networking equipment for customers globally.
Each product in the Quanta lineup is specifically engineered for a different function in the datacenter. This eliminates the need for over-engineering and excessive feature sets that often plague conventional equipment with unnecessary cost and complexity. As a result, QCT products measurably outperform conventional designs in energy consumption, cooling efficiency, acquisition cost (CAPEX) and operational expense (OPEX).
For service providers, cloud application providers and enterprise IT organizations in media and entertainment, genomics, scientific computing, government, and other domains looking to implement storage cloud infrastructures for petabyte scale and beyond, the knowledge, experience, and best practices gained from previous implementations can help to expedite planning and deployment.
This Cloud Builders guide outlines a reference architecture for a large object storage cloud infrastructure that integrates key scale-out, autonomous management, and high-durability data protection technologies including BitSpread* from Amplidata, Inc., Intel® Xeon® processor-based storage controllers, storage node servers from Quanta Computer Inc., Intel® 520 Series SSD Solid State Drives (SSDs), and Intel® Ethernet adapters. The reference architecture shows how to create storage cloud infrastructures that provide very high levels of data durability including the ability to efficiently geo-spread data across multiple data centers without the overhead of replication. This provides protection against disk, storage node, controller, switch, rack, and even data center failures - ensuring that data is always protected – and data integrity and availability are preserved.
Quanta provides an integrated server, storage and switch solution that decreases acquisition and operational costs through design optimized for large-scale storage applications.
The Quanta reference architecture uses three Quanta STRATOS S210-X12MS servers with Intel® E5 processors and Intel® 520 Series SSDs for controller hosts, thirty-seven Quanta STRATOS S100-L11SL servers with Intel® E3 processors for storage nodes, and two Quanta TROPOS LB9 for top of rack switches.
1U rackmount server equipped with dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 processors and sixteen 4GB, 1600 MHz RDIMMs.
I/O scalability is simplified in the S210-X12MS to specifically meet the needs of datacenter applications. It supports four 3.5” or 2.5” hot-plug hard drives. Datacenters could choose different levels of storage interfaces from 3Gb/ 6Gb HDD or SSD drives to create optimal storage solutions for different applications. The S210-X12MS also offers SATADOM option for OS installation. In addition to dual onboard GbE ports, it also supports two optional onboard 10GbE SFP+ ports, and reserves one PCIe x16 slot for I/O expansion.
The Quanta STRATOS S100-L11SL is an ultra-density 1U storage server. It supports up to 14 SATA devices and is specially tailored for scale-out storage applications. The system is powered by Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1220L V2 and equipped with two 8GB ECC UDIMMS.
The STRATOS S100-L11SL features a built-on-board design in which all key functions are built on the motherboard. These include four 1GbE RJ45 ports for accessing or managing the server from multiple networks, one dedicated RJ45 management port, one optional 10GbE SFP+ port for high-speed data access, and onboard 6 SATA ports plus 8-port LSI 2008 SAS HBA for various storage devices. The design features a fixed 400W 80 plus gold power supply, making it one of the most efficient servers on the market.
The TROPOS LB9 is a top of rack switch with a 1U form factor for standard rack mounting. The unit is equipped with 48 10/100/1000 BASE-T RJ45 ports and four 10GE SFP+ uplinks. Power supplies are redundant and hot swappable.