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IBM Elastic Storage System


The IBM Elastic Storage System (ESS) is a modern implementation of software-defined storage, making it easier for you to deploy fast, highly scalable storage for AI, deep learning and big data. With the lightning-fast NVMe storage technology and industry-leading file management capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale, nodes can grow to huge scalability and can be integrated into a federated global storage system. By consolidating storage requirements from the edge to the core datacentre, IBM ESS can reduce inefficiency, lower acquisition costs, simplify storage management, eliminate data silos, support multiple demanding workloads, and deliver high performance throughout your organisation.


Containerised software install and upgrade, plus a powerful management GUI minimise demands on IT staff time and expertise.

High Performance

NVMe flash storage with 40GB/second throughput per 2U building block.

AI Optimisation

High-performance storage tier for full GPU utilisation to maximise AI algorithm performance.

Operational Efficiency

Dense storage within a 2U package minimises datacentre footprint.

IBM ESS 3000 Array

At the heart of ESS 3000 lies IBM Spectrum Scale. This provides a single unified file system across the organisation, eliminating data silos, simplifying storage management and delivering consistent high performance even as it scales out to meet the demands of even the largest of data systems. Whatever the current scope of your data management needs, you can start as small or as big as you want and easily scale out by adding more units when needed. ESS 3000 can work with IBM POWER systems or other x86 solutions such as NVIDIA DGX systems, for example, where it is easily capable of keeping up with the data needs of the system’s GPUs.

NVIDIA DGX A100 Universal AI System

deep learning computer system

NVIDIA DGX A100 is the universal system for all AI workloads, offering unprecedented compute density, performance, and flexibility in the world’s first 5 petaFLOPS AI system. NVIDIA DGX A100 features the world’s most advanced accelerator, the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU - either with 40GB or 80GB memory - enabling enterprises to consolidate training, inference, and analytics into a unified, easy-to-deploy AI infrastructure that includes direct access to NVIDIA AI experts.

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IBM POWER9 AC922 Server

3xs data science workstation

The IBM POWER9 processor - built from the ground-up for data intensive workloads, POWER9 is the only processor with state-of-the-art I/O subsystem technology, including next generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI. Combined with up to six NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerator cards to deliver an agile AI experience – and integrated into the Scan AI ecosystem to offer comprehensive data scientist, engineer and configuration support.

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IBM ESS 3000
Features Spec
Hardware Chassis Dual 2-socket Storage Controllers Active / Active
Software Platform IBM Spectrum Scale
Memory 384GB or 768GB memory per controller
NVMe SSD Capacity 1Up to 24 at 15.36TB each
Storage Capacity Up to 369TB per node
Connectivity EDR InfiniBand, up to 12 ports or 100GbE Ethernet, up to 12 ports
Power Hot-swap redundant PSUs
Form Factor 2U - 850mm deep
Warranty 3 Years
Support 3 years 24/7 Premium Support
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