SR-71mach5 SpeedServer

ION SR-71mach5 SpeedServerThe SR-71mach5 SpeedServer™ is the fifth generation of the SR-71 platform, ION Computer Systems’ optimized SSD RAID server.  The fully updated product builds on the experience and expertise developed through extensive testing through earlier models while incorporating the latest technological innovations.  The “mach5” platform is based on the Intel® S2600WTTserverboard with the recently introduced Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 V3 processors, the latest Intel SAS3 RAID controllers and Intel’s new DC S3600 series SSDs.  Keeping with the tradition of earlier generations, the base mach5 system is a fully-manageable 2U rack-mount server that consumes less than 500 Watts in the most demanding situations.

The hardware updates in the mach5 server have been combined with new optimization techniques developed by ION to improve the performance of random writes to the all-SSD RAID.  As an example, the IOmeter “OLTP” test of random reads and writes of 8kB blocks on the mach5 server performed more than 200,000 IOPS,  while average latency dropped below a millisecond.  That is disk-impossible performance.

Designing an SR-71mach5 SpeedServer with all-SSD storage ranging from 3TB to 214TB is facilitated by the SR-71 Configurator. This tool allows the interested server engineer to design an optimized all-SSD server to meet the needs of their application and email themselves a quotation.  The Configurator provides the ability to easily configure and price a wide range of SSD RAID capacity with all of the performance benefits of ION’s SR-71 platform.  Recent additions to the SR-71mach5 Configurator include options for Intel® Standard Endurance S3510 SSDs and High Endurance S3700 SSDs, along with Intel® PCI Express NVMe SSDs and Intel® Xeon® Phi™ Coprocessors.

There are a wide range of applications that can benefit from performance that would have required thousands of disks but is available in a small, low-power server at the price of storage with tens of disks.  Database and transaction processing applications are always among the first to seek a platform capable of more IOPS with lower latency.  Static content servers and streaming media servers both deliver sequential data, but many clients randomly accessing those resources stresses a disk-based server just a much as a truly random workload.  With no seek latency and no rotational latency, the only limit the SR-71mach5 server has is the amount of network bandwidth available to it.

The SR-71mach5 SpeedServer running Windows Server 2012 and configured with the SSD RAID volumes as standard file shares delivers truly amazing performance, with 64kB random reads delivered at over 10GB per second, 8kB random reads at almost 1,000,000 IOPS and 8kB OLTP performance of 250,000 IOPS.  Traditional storage systems delivering even some of those performance metrics cost as much as 50 times the price of the standard SR-71mach5 SpeedServer, occupy multiple data center racks and consume tens of kilowatts.

ION’s SR-71mach5 SpeedServer was named “Winner” for Enterprise Storage in CRN Test Center’s 2015 Products of the Year list.

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