mike yang

– Mike Yang, general manager of Quanta QCT, says”

A new server from global hyperscale datacenter hardware supplier Quanta QCT is aimed at an emerging but fast-growing segment of the market: large enterprises and service providers that want to perform big data in real time.

Big data applications built on commercial Hadoop distros and proprietary analytics platforms run best on purpose-built servers, even when applications are designed to run in batch processes. Increasingly, however, companies want to capitalize on the trends  and insights of their big data analytics as they emerge.

This real-time computing environment demands massive memory and processor performance, and Quanta QCT has introduced a new, 60-core server targeting those organizations striving for the shortest time to business insights from massive data streams.

Called the QuantaGrid Q71L-4U, the new 4U, four-way server takes advantage of the newly available Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 v2 product family. With up to 15 cores per processor, totaling 60 cores and 120 threads per system, the server offers a combination of reliability, high I/O throughput, expandability, efficiency and serviceability that until now were difficult to achieve in an off-the-shelf product.

Big data analytics and the Internet of Things present opportunities for many organizations to create revenue-generating services from the information locked inside their data. According to IDC (Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services Forecast, Dec 2013), the big data technology and services market is expected to grow 27 percent annually through 2017 to reach $32.4 billion. Real-time analytics is a segment of the big data market that seeks to extract insights as the data from connected devices streams into datacenters. Speed is an advantage, that’s the need Quanta QCT plans to fill with the QuantaGrid Q71L-4U.

The server is equipped with Intel Run Sure Technology, offering advanced RAS features that can reduce planned and unplanned downtime while protecting data integrity. Also, demanding enterprise applications can require significant I/O throughput and scalability. The QuantaGrid Q71L-4U can be configured with 96x DDR3 DIMMs, using the Intel C104 Scalable Memory Buffer’s capability.

The server also offers substantial expandability with 10x PCIe 3.0 slots, four of which are hot-pluggable, and a 11th slot dedicated to Quanta storage mezzanine for cost-efficient SAS/RAID storage expansion. Ultra-low latency cache is provided with 12x 2.5” hot-plug HDDs with SAS 12Gb/s ready, and supporting NVMe PCIe SSD.

Until recently, hyperscale datacenters were the only customers demanding simplified servicing, as their server-to-admin ratios are very low. Increasingly, however, all datacenter operators want the efficiencies enjoyed by hyperscale players. The QuantaGrid Q71L-4U is designed with 12 hot pluggable HDDs, two hot-swappable PCIe SSDs, and hot-swappable fans and PSUs. Quanta QCT’s color coding system and LED indicator lighting system further simplifies servicing.

The Quanta Q71L-4U server is an attractive choice for organizations that need to extract business insights from big data in real time. It’s a high-end server that doffers enterprise-grade availability for mission-critical applications.

Quanta QCT’s new server will be available in Q2 of this year.