Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum ScaleDatasheet

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Take the complexity out of complex solutions

Complex Storage Made Simple

Deploying solutions for Technical Computing, High Performance Computing (HPC), Analytics and Cloud environments can place a significant burden on IT. With the Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM® Spectrum Scale™ (DSS-G) clients can focus their efforts on maximizing business value instead of consuming valuable resources to design, optimize, install and support the infrastructure required to meet business demands.

Lenovo DSS-G is fulfilled through Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure (LeSI), leveraging decades of experience to simplify deployment for customers. With integrated, delivered and fully-supported solutions that match best-in-industry components with optimized solution design, DSS-G provides scalable solutions that address the high-performance storage needs in the data center.

Powerful Combination

Lenovo DSS-G combines the performance of Lenovo servers and Lenovo disk enclosures with industry-leading Spectrum Scale software to deliver a high-performance, scalable building-block approach to modern storage needs. Lenovo DSS-G allows organizations to start small and build via incremental additions, scaling both capacity and bandwidth with each additional DSS-G building block. Clients now have the ability to handle small to very large capacity storage workloads with high performance in HPC environments.

Optimized Design

Lenovo DSS-G features industry-leading Lenovo servers with powerful Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family CPUs, Lenovo 12Gbps SAS storage enclosures and drives, software, and networking components that allow for a wide choice of technology within an integrated solution, available in a preintegrated rack or deployed in a customer rack.

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Each solution is tested and optimized for reliability, interoperability and maximum performance, so clients can quickly deploy the system and get to work achieving their business goals. With DSS-G, high-storage density and I/O performance, you gain all the reliability, integration and interoperability of a high-capacity Spectrum Scale-based storage architecture.

Increase Results

Clients are expanding the use of Technical Computing and HPC to solve complex problems. These environments need high-capacity storage with low-latency data access as well as quick rebuild times in the event of disk failure to maintain data integrity and system availability.

As an integral part of the Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure (LeSI) portfolio, the Declustered RAID capability of Lenovo DSS-G provides extreme performance, reliability, and data integrity, with rebuild times up to 8x faster than previous controller-based storage. DSS-G offers a modular building-block approach to Spectrum Scale with performance and capacity that scale near linearly, while maintaining a global namespace that enables users to view everything as a single storage cluster. These features let clients quickly put the system to work, easily grow with new storage demands, and increase productivity.

End-to-end Support

Lenovo DSS-G is built, tested, delivered, and supported as part of an overall LeSI deployment. You receive single point-of-contact, solution-level support that includes components to deliver maximum system availability throughout the life of the system. This enables you to spend less time maintaining systems and more time delivering results.

Lenovo DSS-G Features

  • Scalable building block approach to high-performance storage
  • Multiple configurations to optimize for capacity and performance
  • Powerful Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family CPUs
  • Lenovo D3284 high-density storage enclosures with 84x 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12TB NL SAS drives (3.5-inch form factor)
  • Lenovo D1224 storage enclosures (2.5-inch form factor) with 24x SAS drives (300GB - 2.4TB) or SSDs (400GB - 15.36TB).
  • Choice of 10GbE/25GbE/40GbE/100GbE, FDR/EDR InfiniBand, Omni Path 100 interconnects
  • Declustered RAID for sustained, predictable performance and rapid rebuilds
  • No hardware controllers—disk management and RAID performed by the Spectrum Scale RAID feature
  • Outstanding capacity and performance

DSS Product Overview

Distributed Storage Solution Configurations for IBM Spectrum Scale

The Distributed Storage Solution provides 10 base configurations, all configured with servers and storage.

Distributed Storage Solution - Model Examples

DSS-G Model Number of Servers

Number of Enclosures



Disk Quantity Maximum Raw Capacity Maximum Usable Capacity (2Parity) Maximum Usable Capacity (3Parity)
DSS G100 1 0 8 NVMe 51TB Not applicable Not applicable
DSS G201 2 1 (S) 24 SSDs 368TB 270TB 245TB
DSS G202 2 2 (S) 48 SSDs or 46 HDDs 737TB 540TB 491TB
DSS G204 2 4 (S) 96 SSDs or 94 HDDs 1,474TB 1,130TB 1,027TB
DSS G222 2 2+2 (L,S) 48 SSDs and 166 HDDs 1,992TB (L) + 737TB (S) 1,555TB (L) + 540TB (S) 1,414TB (L) + 491TB (S)
DSS G210 2 1 (L) 82 HDDs 984TB 749TB 681TB
DSS G220 2 2 (L) 166 HDDs 1.992PB 1.555PB 1.414PB
DSS G240 2 4 (L) 334 HDDs 4.008PB 3.130PB 2.845PB
DSS G260 2 6 (L) 502 HDDs 5.350PB 4.704PB 4.276PB

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation. Lenovo’s data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and computing power that are changing business and society.

For More Information

To learn more about the Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale, contact your Lenovo representative or Business Partner or visit: www.lenovo.com/highdensity. For detailed specifications, consult the DSS-G product guide.

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Document number DS0026, published November 14, 2018. For the latest version, go to lenovopress.com/ds0026.

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