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NexentaStor Solutions

Solution Overview

Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions are a series of optimized reference architectures (RA) based on Supermicro's industry leading server hardware and NexentaStor, an Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage platform.

Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions allow enterprise IT departments to transform their storage infrastructure, increase flexibility and agility, simplify management and dramatically reduce costs without compromising availability, reliability, or functionality.

Running on world class server hardware, Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions deliver unified file and block storage services, and extremely powerful data protection capabilities. Supermciro-Nexenta storage solutions are highly available and can scale from tens of terabytes to petabytes in a single set.

Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions are ideally suited to support demanding enterprise applications in physical or virtual infrastructure, virtual desktop infrastructure, high performance digital media applications, and large-scale archive repositories.

High performance, high density storage server and JBODs with optimized configurations

Supermicro and Nexenta X10 Reference Architectures are based on the powerful Supermicro 2U Ultra server as the head node and the high density dual channel SAS3 JBODs as storage shelves. Supermicro 2U Ultra server platforms are designed for extreme performance, capacity and expandability. With superb chassis and thermal design, Ultra can support the highest Xeon processors (160W TDP), extremely large memory (1.5TB maximum) and can handle multiple (8x PCI-E slots) SAS HBAs, 10G NIC and FC adapters with ease. Ultra is also built with Titanium level (96%) power supplies with maximum power efficiency.

High storage capacities are achieved by applying single or multiple high density SAS3 JBODs with dual channel expander backplanes. Storage JBODs range from 2U 24x 2.5" Bay to 4U 44x 3.5" Bay and 4U 90x 3.5" Bay. Reference Designs are created based on extensive engineering testing and validation to define the optimal configurations that cover a variety of usage cases.

Achieving the best price/performance and the best price/capacity with hybrid storage design

Leveraging ZFS hybrid storage pools and other value-added enhancements, Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions are Flash-ready. Write-intensive SSDs are used as the ZFS intent-log to reduce write latency. Read-intensive SSDs are used as a cache to reduce read latency and improve performance. The hybrid Flash system was designed to achieve the best balance of cost and performance for any given workload.

Enterprise-Class features without the high cost

Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions are Software-Defined Storage with SMARTS: Security, Manageability, Availability, Reliability, (lower) TCO, and Scalability. These enterprise features are achieved by dual active/active controller (HA) design together with redundant cooling and power, completely eliminating single points of failure. With in-line data de-duplication and compression, thin provisioning, data replication and unlimited snapshots, Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions can meet the requirements of the most demanding enterprise IT environments.

Virtualization and Cloud ready

Built-in with Virtual Machine Data Center(VMDC), Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions support all major virtualized infrastructures - including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere & Citrix Xen Server. VMDC dramatically simplifies the VM management with many features such as ZFS snapshots, VM Cloning/Templating and Native VMotion capability, etc.

Key Features and Benefits

Industry Leading Storage Server Hardware

  • X10 2U Ultra server platform with strong expansion capability
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family processing power
  • LSI SAS3 HBA and dual channel expander backplanes
  • Multiple 10G or FC Ports for high IOPS and throughput
  • High density, high performance JBOD design
  • Titanium Level power efficiency (96%)

Unified File and Block Services

  • 10GbE NFSv3, NFSv4
  • 10GbE CIFS, SMB 2.1
  • 10GbE iSCSI
  • 8Gbps Fibre Channel

Data Availability and Integrity

  • Active/Active controllers
  • ZFS 256-bit block level checksums
  • RAID 10 and multi-parity software RAID (Z, Z2, Z3)
  • Asynchronous replication

Data Services and Optimization

  • Flash and HDD hybrid pools
  • ZFS Copy On Write
  • Unlimited writable snapshots
  • Thin provisioning
  • Inline data de-duplication and compression

Scalability and Management

  • 20TB to 1.5PB raw capacity
  • CLI and Web UI
Supermicro and Nexenta Reference Design Configuration Details - X10 Platform
  NSM-20-X10 NSM-54-X10 NSM-82-X10 NSM-166-X10 NSM-340-X10 NSM-508-X10 NSM-1408-X10 NSM-5760-X10
SMC NexentaStor SKU SRS-NSM020-SN0B-01 SRS-NSM054-HA2B-01 SRS-NSM082-HA1B-01 SRS-NSM166-HA2B-01 SRS-NSM340-HA4B-01 SRS-NSM508-HA6B-01 SRS-NS1408-HA8B-01 SRS-NS5760-HA8B-01
Raw Capacity 20TB 54TB 82TB 166TB 340TB 508TB 1408TB 5760TB
Form Factor (total system) 2U 8U 8U 12U 20U 28U 36U 36U
10GbE port 2 4 4 8 8 8 8 8

NexentaStor 4.0 or above


NFS v3, v4, CIFS, SMB 2.1, FC, iSCSI

Client OS

RHEL, Windows, VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack, Citrix Xen

Controller 1x SYS-6028U-NEX3 2x SYS-6028U-NEX3 2x SYS-6028U-NEX4
CPU E5-2620 v4 2.1GHz, 8-core E5-2643 v4 3.4GHz, 6-core
Memory (total system) 96GB (12x 8GB) 192GB (24x 8GB) 512GB (32x 16GB)
Boot Drive

2TB (2x 1TB SAS 7.2k 3.5)

L2ARC N/A 400GB SSD (1x 400GB) 800GB SSD (2x 400GB) N/A N/A
ZIL/SLOG N/A 2x 200GB SSD 2x 200GB SSD 4x 200GB SSD 4x 200GB SSD 8x 200GB SSD N/A N/A
SAS HBA per node 2x AOC-S3008L-L8e 1x AOC-SAS3-9300-8e 2x AOC-SAS3-9300-8e 2x AOC-SAS3-9300-16e 3x AOC-SAS3-9300-16e 4x AOC-SAS3-9300-16e 4x AOC-SAS3-9300-16e
NIC per node 1x AOC-STGN-I2S or AOC-STG-I2T 2x AOC-STGN-I2S or AOC-STG-I2T
Storage Enclosure N/A 2x CSE-216BE2C-R741JBOD 24x 2.5" 1x CSE-847E2C-R1K28JBOD 44x 3.5" 2x CSE-847E2C-R1K28JBOD 44x 3.5" 4x CSE-847E2C-R1K28JBOD 44x 3.5" 6x CSE-847E2C-R1K28JBOD 44x 3.5" 8x CSE-847E2C-R1K28JBOD 44x 3.5" 8x CSE-946ED-R2KJBOD 90x 3.5"
Data Drive 2TB SAS 7.2k 3.5" 1.2TB SAS 10k 2.5" 2TB SAS 7.2k 3.5" 4TB SAS 7.2k 3.5" 8TB SAS 7.2k 3.5"
Data Drive # 10 45 41 83 170 254 352 720


Supermicro Services
SFT-NX-PNHACLUS Supermicro-Nexenta HA Cluster Plug License: Allow for the use of two NexentaStor instances for active / active failover in front of shared storage. To purchase this service requires Gold support.
SFT-NX-ENG1TB Supermicro-Nexenta License: Manage up to 1TB with 1-Year Gold Support
SVC-NX-SVCPS0120 Supermicro-Nexenta Service: Remote Installation of two Instances in the HA Configuration
SRS-INTSRV-10SN-SM-01 Rack Integration Service
Software Installation
Standard Software Integration Testing Services
Racking & Cabling (with 3rd party switches)
Racking & Cabling Engineering Drawing
Shipping Out Packaging
OS4HR3/OSNBD3 3-year onsite 24x7x4 service / 3-year onsite next business day service
OSINTS Onsite Integration Services
Onsite Survey
Onsite logistics
Racking & Cabling (with 3rd party switches)
Racking & Cabling Engineering Drawing
Releasing (Test included)


* Please consult with Supermicro-Nexenta Solution TAM Team for all Nexenta-related solutions. Any parts purchased individually without full testing and certification may not be fit for Nexenta Solutions. Please be advised to purchase the right services and warranty above for Nexenta-related products to avoid the compatibility issues. Please also note not every service above is mandatory. Supermicro solution team is willing to help you build the right solutions anytime.

Storage Head Node (Controller) X10 Specifications:


• Dual socket R3 (LGA 2011) supports Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 family;
    QPI up to 9.6GT/s
• Up to 1.5TB ECC, up to DDR4 2133MHz; 24x DIMM slots
• 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (FH, 10.5" L), 7x PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots (5x FH, 10.5" L, 1x LP, 1x Internal LP)
• 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Titanium Level• 12x Hot-swap 3.5" Drive Bays: 10x SATA3 ports by default; Optional drive support: 12x SAS3
• 4x heavy duty fans w/ optimal fan speed control
• 1000W Redundant Titanium Level (96%) power supplies

Storage Shelf (JBOD) X10 Specifications:


• Ideal for Cloud backup, data Replication or High density Archive Storage Applications
• 90x 3.5" or 2.5" Hot-swap Top-load SAS3 drive bays
• Hot-swap expanders with redundant BMC for remote
   system power on/off and monitoring
• Dual Hot-swappable SAS3 expander module
Titanium Level• Supports up to 4 Hosts HDD Zoning and individual
   HDD power cycling
• 5x 80mm heavy duty fans with PWM fan speed control
• 4x 1000W Redundant Titanium Level (96%) Power Supplies


• Ideal for Cloud backup, data Replication or High density Archive Storage Applications
• 2U Storage JBOD Chassis with capacity 24 x 2.5" hot-swappable HDDs bays
• Dual Expander Backplane Boards support SAS3/2 HDDs with 12Gb/s throughput
• 8x Mini-SAS HD ports for Internal / External Cascading Expander Combination for
    high performance, high availability or high redundancy requirements
• 1x IPMI port for Remote System Power on/off, wake-on-LAN and system monitoring
80Plus Platinum• Support NTP for time synchronization & RTC battery backup
• 3x 80mm high efficient hot-swappable fans for best system cooling
• 740W Redundant (1+1) Platinum level (95%) power supplies


• 44x (24 front + 20 rear) 3.5" hot-swap SAS drive bays supporting SAS3/2 HDDs
    with 12Gbps throughput
• E1C: Single SAS3 (12Gbps) expander backplane; E2C: Dual SAS3 (12Gbps) expanders backplane
• JBOD Power Control Board with IPMI for remote monitor and power on-off;
    Internal Connection Cables Included
• 8x External mini SAS HD (SFF 8644) connectivity and IPMI RJ45 port
80Plus Platinum• Palletized packaging for easy shipping and handling
• 7x 8cm (middle) hot-swap redundant cooling fans
• 1280W Redundant (1+1) Platinum Level power supplies with PMBus


Supermicro and Nexenta Reference Design Configuration Details - X9 Platform


  NSM-20 NSM-54 NSM-84 NSM-170 NSM-348 NSM-520 NSM-1440
Raw Capacity 20TB 54TB 84TB 170TB 348TB 520TB 1440TB
Data Drive # 10 27 42 85 174 260 360
Form Factor (total system) 2U 8U 8U 12U 20U 28U 36U
Memory (total system) 96GB 192GB 192GB 192GB 512GB 512GB 512GB
Read Cache N/A 400GB 400GB 400GB 800GB 800GB N/A
10GbE port 2 4 4 8 8 8 8
Software NexentaStor 4.0 or above
Protocol NFS v3, v4, CIFS, SMB 2.1, FC, iSCSI
Client OS RHEL, Windows, VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack, Citrix Xen
Controller 1x SSG-6027R-NEX1 2x SSG-6027R-NEX1 2x SSG-6027R-NEX2
CPU E5-2609 2.4GHz, 4-core, 2-socket E5-2643 3.3GHz, 4-core, 2-socket
DRAM 96GB (12x 8GB) 256GB (16x 16GB)
Boot Drive 2TB (2x 1TB SAS 7.2k 3.5)
SAS HBA N/A 1x LSI-9207-8e 2x LSI-9207-8e 2x LSI-9206-16e 3x LSI-9206-16e 4x LSI-9206-16e
NIC 1x X520 10GbE DA/SFP+ 2x X520 10GbE DA/SFP+
Data HDD 10x 2TB 7.2k SAS N/A
Storage Enclosure N/A 2x 216BE26-R920JBOD (24-bay) 1x 847E26-RJBOD1 (45-bay) 2x 847E26-RJBOD1 (45-bay) 4x 847E26-RJBOD1 (45-bay) 6x 847E26-RJBOD1 (45-bay) 8x 847E26-RJBOD1 (45-bay)
Data HDD N/A 1.2TB SAS 10k 2.5" 2TB SAS 7.2k 3.5" 4TB SAS 7.2k 3.5"
Data Drive # N/A 45 42 85 174 260 360
L2ARC N/A 400GB MLC (1x 400GB) 800GB MLC (2x 400GB) N/A
ZIL/SLOG N/A 2x 400GB MLC SSD 2x 200GB SSD 4x 200GB SSD 8x 200GB SSD N/A


 Storage Head Node (Controller) X9 Specifications:


• Dual socket R (LGA 2011) supports Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 family
• Up to 1.5TB ECC DDR3, up to 1866MHz; 24x DIMM sockets
• 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 1x PCI-E 3.0 x8,1x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (in x4) slots;
    Slots 1 and 2 occupied by HW RAID controller and JBOD expansion port
• Intel® i350 GbE Controller; 4x ports
• 12x 3.5" Hot-swap SAS3/SATA3 HDD bays w/ SES2;
    Optional Internal bracket for 2x 2.5" drives (fixed mounting)
• Hardware RAID via LSI 3108 controller
• Server remote management: IPMI 2.0 / KVM over LAN / Media over LAN
• 3x 8cm high-performance PWM fans
• 920W Redundant power supplies

Storage Shelf (JBOD) X9 Specifications:


• Extra High-Density 4U JBOD Storage Chassis
• High-Availability Features: Redundant, Hot-pluggable cooling system, Power Supplies, Hot-swap drives
• Maximum 3.5" hot-swap drives density 45x (24 front + 21 rear) HDD bays;
    E26- 2x Expanders support SAS2 (6Gb/s)
• 7x 8cm (middle) Hot-swap cooling fans, redundant cooling
• 1400W Redundant (1+1) Gold Level power supplies with PMBus function


Supermicro Integration and Proof of Concept Laboratory Services

Rack Integration Service

Supermicro Rack Integration Services provides a "one-stop shop" for your data center needs. Our team has the confidence, flexibility, and expertise to handle all phases of your data center integration project. From requirements gathering to the delivery of a turn-key solution - and all phases in between - you can rely on Supermicro Rack Integration Services as your central resource for project success. With our extensive portfolio of server, storage, switch and rack products, we can provide a wide range of solutions with a focus on customer satisfaction, quality, and energy efficiency. Our global footprint, dedicated and skilled professionals, and integrated supply-chain will ensure you get what you need, when you need it, no matter where in the world you are.

Proof of Concept Laboratory Service

The Supermicro Proof of Concept Laboratory is an engineering facility designed to assist customers and partners with solution design, validation, certification, and benchmarking. Customers and partners can take advantage of Supermicro's large server product line and extensive systems expertise to design and validate the solutions that best meet their requirements.

With the Proof of Concept Service, customers and partners can access a certain test environment either locally or remotely and run real application workloads. This guarantees a risk-free decision making process to purchase Supermicro products.

Key Features:

• Consulting service on solution architecture design
• Test equipment including servers, storage, network switches, cabinets, PDUs, and power meters
• Rack space, power, cooling, networking, and VPN access
• Cluster level burn-in test and OS installation/configuration
• Engineering support on HA installation, configuration and testing