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Closer Look: The Open Compute Hardware Powering IO.Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Data Center provider IO has joined the Open Compute Project, and has worked with AMAX to create Open Compute servers and storage to power its new IO.Cloud offering. Here's a closer look at the hardware, which is housed inside IO.Anywhere data center modules in the company's New Jersey and Phoenix data centers.


A close look at the Open Compute "Winterfell" servers and Open Vault (Knox) storage units housed within the Open Rack. Each IO.Cloud rack is designed to include 26 general purpose compute nodes and four storage nodes, each including two trays of disks, totalling 249 4 terabytes each. (Photo: IO)


IO engineers deployed a two-tier spine/leaf network architecture, with a 10GB, 48-port
"middle of the rack" data switch inside the Open Rack, along with a 1GB, 48-port switch. (Photo: IO)


This view shows the power feed cables descending to the tray of power supplies which then power the rack. (Photo: IO)


One of the distinctive features of the Open Rack is that it separates the fans from the storage units. Here the fans for the Open Vault/Knox units are clearly seen at the back of the rack. The gap in the middle is where the Winterfell servers are housed. They also have fans integarted with the Open Rack, but they are not as near to the back of the enclosure. (Photo: IO)

Each of IO's D400 enclosures can hold up to 18 Open Racks filled with Open Compute hardware. At full capacity, a module would include 8,640 compute nodes, 16.9 petabytes of storage and 67.5 terabytes of memory.