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Need to build a server with NF1 drives for multi-petabyte yearly read/write and long reliable lifespan

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Hi folks, a client has expressed interest in a 4TB NVME drive from samsung using the NF1 form factor. This more or less requires using a server platform designed for these drives, OR using an experimental adapter. 
The client wants this in a data center anyway, so why not start with a backplane?

Supermicro makes some interesting products like the https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/system/1U/1029/SSG-1029P-NMR36L.cfm -- but we don't need that many drives or two Xeons. 

Their requirements: 

+4TB NVME drive approved for 5+ year life of 5PB/year
+128GB RAM 
+1 or 2 or 4U server size 
+No GPUs 
+At least an 8 core processor with as high a single core clock speed as possible

What existing product works for this medium duty server? 
Or is it better to suggest an array of smaller normal 2TB+ drives on a standard ATX board of some kind? Adapters or not. 

We're usually building big GPU servers so this request kind of threw us for a loop. 

Thanks!
-Artesian 
 

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3 hours ago, Artesian said:

+4TB NVME drive approved for 5+ year life of 5PB/year

Are you actually sure there is going to be that much write utilization, this is very very high. You'll need to buy an SSD with 6TB+ and larger or  3TB+ with significantly greater than 1 DWPD rating and these are very expensive, something you should buy only when necessary.

 

To me the best options would be 3.2TB+ PM1725b or PM1735, or equivalent from another vendor. These are $1k+ USD products.

 

3 hours ago, Artesian said:

Or is it better to suggest an array of smaller normal 2TB+ drives on a standard ATX board of some kind? Adapters or not. 

If the data is at all important and doesn't get moved off to a more resilient storage platform or backed up then a minimum of two in RAID 1 should be used.

 

Honestly it'll be much easier to contact a HPE/Dell/Lenovo partner and give them the requirements and they'll quote you a system that'll meet it, most of them also sell Supermicro so you can ask for that too but everything is actually very similar in price.

 

3 hours ago, Artesian said:

+4TB NVME drive approved for 5+ year life of 5PB/year
+128GB RAM 
+1 or 2 or 4U server size 
+No GPUs 
+At least an 8 core processor with as high a single core clock speed as possible

Aside from this actually fitting more in HEDT hardware profile it's a situation when Xeon W-3225/W-3235 make sense or Xeon 6244/6244. Problem with Xeon-W is most of the time if you're buying from the big typical server vendors they are in towers for workstations.

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