ARM Based Microserver / Ambedded was founded in 2013 with the talented team experienced in ARM based software defined storage appliance design and manufacture.

Ambedded ARM microserver platform, measuring 4.4 x 6.6 cm, it is the smallest network server, fully equipped to manage the storage while directly connected to the net. The Mars 400 appliance accommodates 8 microservers inside a 1U chassis. Each microserver owns its dedicated SoC, onboard memory, onboard flash disk, 2x2.5Gbps ethernet (connecting to 2 different in-chassis switches), dedicated disk drive. This microserver architecture allows Ceph user to assign any node as Ceph OSD, MON, or MDS. So you can deploy a high availability Ceph cluster in just 3 sets of Mars 400. Ambedded ARM Based Microserver Introduction. Ambedded was founded in 2013 with the talented team experienced in ARM based software defined storage appliance design and manufacture.. Ambedded offers Ceph storage solution to the market, including Ceph storage Appliance on ARM microservers and SUSE Enterprise Storage Appliance on ARM microservers. In addition to Ceph solution, Ambedded also offers comprehensive Ceph software support to the customer, to help the unexperienced users to adopt this new technology without hesitations.

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All Ceph daemons own dedicated hardware resources on ARM microserver

ARM Based Microserver

Ambedded ARM microserver platform, measuring 4.4 x 6.6 cm, it is the smallest network server, fully equipped to manage the storage while directly connected to the net.
The Mars 400 appliance accommodates 8 microservers inside a 1U chassis. Each microserver owns its dedicated SoC, onboard memory, onboard flash disk, 2x2.5Gbps ethernet (connecting to 2 different in-chassis switches), dedicated disk drive. This microserver architecture allows Ceph user to assign any node as Ceph OSD, MON, or MDS. So you can deploy a high availability Ceph cluster in just 3 sets of Mars 400.


benefit of ARM microserver with ceph, offers smallest failure domain, dedicated hardware resource, 3x1U servers to deploy a ceph cluser, high OSD density and power saving 70%
benefit of ARM microserver with ceph, offers smallest failure domain, dedicated hardware resource, 3x1U servers to deploy a ceph cluser, high OSD density and power saving 70%
Benefits on Arm-based MicroServer Mars 400
    Compare to traditional servers architecture which runs Multiple Ceph OSD daemons on a big node server, Ambedded Mars 400 Arm-based Microservers owns 5 significant benefits
  • It offers the smallest failure domain to OSD level compared to the x86 centralized server platforms.
  • All Ceph daemons own hardware resources to get a balanced workload, resulting in increased cluster performance and stability.
  • Customers can use only 3x1U Mars 400 appliances to build a high-availability Ceph cluster (or SUSE enterprise storage). Ambedded reduces the initial investment of building a ceph (or SUSE enterprise storage)with a minimum of 7~8 units x86 servers.
  • The Ambedded Mars 400 consumes a maximum of 100 watts of power. It saves customers more than 60% of power utility consumed by the server compared to the same scale of the Ceph cluster powered by x86 servers.
  • Under the power supply limitation on each rack, Mars 400 can accommodate 1.6 times of OSD compared to general x86 servers.
ARM server Specification
Server Platform Specification
ARM MicroServer
Node
  • 8x ARM microserver nodes, each microserver node has following specs:
  • CPU: ARM Quad-Core 64-bit Cortex-A72 1.2GHz,
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4 SDRAM,
  • System Storage: 8GB flash disk
  • Network: Dual 2.5Gbps Ethernet
  • Storage Interface: 2x SATA 6Gbps ports
  • 1x 3.5”/2.5” SATA disk bay for OSD data storage
  • 1x 64GB M.2 SATA bluestore WAL/DB
  • 5 Watts power consumption
  • Operation System:
  • Mars 400: CentOS
  • Mars 400SES: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
In-Chassis Switch
  • Dual in-chassis switches (Hot-Swappable)
  • Each switch has 2x 10Gbps SFP+/10G Base-T RJ-45 interface
  • Each switch has 8x 2.5Gbps port connect to 8x microserver nodes
Ceph Daemon
Configuration
Each microserver node can be configured as independent Ceph monitor, OSD & MDS, RADOS, and iSCSI gateways
Baseboard
Management
Controller
Module
  • Command-line user interface through SSH
  • 10/100 Mbps out of band ethernet management interface
  • Microserver Node Management:
  • Independently control microserver node power and reset
  • Server node console over ethernet
  • Network configuration
  • Restore microserver nodes
  • Chassis power, fan speed, Panel LED control
  • Monitoring: PSU, fan, temperature
Power SupplyDual redundant 150 Watts power supply unit
Mars 400 photo set
ARM based Microserver Mars 400

The Mars 400 accommodates 8 microservers inside a 1U chassis. Each microserver owns its dedicated SoC, onboard memory, onboard flash disk, 2x2.5Gbps ethernet, and dedicated disk drive. It provides dedicated hardware resources to all Ceph distributed storage daemons.



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Benefits of Mars 400 arm server compare to the other traditional servers
Benefits of Mars 400 arm server compare to the other traditional servers

explain the the benefits of using arm microserver architecture on ceph storage, comparing to the traditional x86 server hardware.

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Ceph Storage Solutions Design and Manufacture | Ambedded

Located in Taiwan, Ambedded Technology Co., LTD. is a Ceph storage solution provider that offers ARM based software defined storage appliances with 60% CapEX saving, 70% less power consumption and 100% scale out advantages.

For Software-defined storage designing and manufacturing, Ambedded team has broad experience to help customers to adopt the ceph solution into versatile industries, such as Telecom, medical, military, edge datacenter and HA required enterprise storage.

Ambedded has been offering customers Ceph storage solutions since 2013, both advanced technology and 20 years of experience, Ambedded ensures each customer's demands are met.