All-Flash Storage System for Ceph and OpenStack

InfiniFlash System IF150, along with Red Hat Ceph Storage software, delivers a massive scale-out, high-performance, all-flash storage system that provides boundless scale, efficiency, and resiliency for Ceph and OpenStack environments.


With the growth of mobile, social, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), the quantity and variety of data has skyrocketed. SanDisk’s InfiniFlash™ System IF150, along with Red Hat® Ceph Storage software, delivers a massive scale-out, high-performance, all-flash storage system that provides boundless scale, efficiency, and resiliency for Ceph and OpenStack environments.



The InfiniFlash™ System IF150 provides petabyte-scale capacity, high density and performance for OpenStack® and Ceph environments, and delivers dramatic cost advantages for customers with big data storage requirements. The IF150 delivers the performance of an all-flash array with the economics of an HDD-based system. It is the ideal storage choice for medium to large OpenStack deployments, providing very low latency, extreme IOPS, and sustained throughput.

Each system can be configured with up to 64 hot-swappable cards, delivering up to half a petabyte (512TB1) of raw flash storage in a 3U enclosure and up to 6PB in a single rack. The IF150 scales easily as each unit may connect up to eight servers. The Ceph cluster software provides high availability, load balancing, data replication and storage services required by OpenStack solutions.

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Red Hat Ceph Storage is a massively scalable storage platform that uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux® as its underlying operating system. Red Hat Ceph Storage helps businesses to automatically and cost-effectively manage their storage needs, allowing enterprises to focus on data availability. It scales across physical, virtual, and cloud resources, and allows organizations to add capacity as needed without sacrificing performance or necessitating vendor lock-in.

Red Hat Ceph Storage is offered on the IF150—the latest InfiniFlash storage system. Together, SanDisk and Red Hat have worked to bring Ceph storage with unsurpassed performance, providing over a million Inputs/Outputs per second (IOPS).

Features and Capabilities

  • OpenStack integration
  • Red Hat Ceph Storage tuned for maximum performance with InfiniFlash
  • Modular architecture enabling non-disruptive expansion beginning at 64TB up through 512TB in one chassis, and up to 6PB in one rack
  • Low power consumption—only 450 watts typical for 512TB
  • Automatic failover prevents server or module failures from impacting data integrity, availability or performance
  • Striping, erasure coding, and replication across nodes enables data durability, high availability and high performance
  • Achieve ultra-low Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) with all-flash storage modules
  • Storage policies can be configured to meet service level agreements (SLAs), performance requirements and failure domains
  • Snapshots, thin provisioning and incremental backups
  • Automatic rebalancing using a peer-to-peer architecture, adds instant capacity with minimal operational effort
  • Hot software upgrades
  • Upgrade clusters in phases—adding or replacing cards online—with minimal or no downtime
  • RESTful interface, S3 and SWIFT support


  • High-performance storage for OpenStack and Ceph environments
  • Petabyte-scale capacity and high density for OpenStack
  • Cost-effective flash storage that can equal the performance of HDD based systems and public-cloud storage
  • Industry-leading density, yielding rackspace savings from 64TB to 512TB per 3U module
  • Significantly less power consumption than equivalent capacity HDD arrays2
  • More than 10x the reliability (AFR) of HDD arrays3
  • Independent scaling for compute and storage nodes
  • Seamless integration with OpenStack
  • Advanced block and object storage capabilities
  • On-demand, scale-out architecture

Red Hat Ceph Storage Software Specifications


Per cluster or namespace 10s-100s of nodes
Maximum unique objects (per cluster or namespace) 1B per device group; no limits on device groups
Maximum replicas 10 per unique object
Total cluster maximum 15PB

Services and Protocols

Cloud protocol access RESTful API, Swift, S3 API
Block access Ceph RBD & OpenStack Cinder
Snapshots 256
Data protection Snapshots, configurable replicas, erasure coding
Disaster recovery Geographic, asynchronous object replication
Management CLI, RESTful HTTP
Maximum storage zones (for protection) 64,000 per cluster or namespace

Red Hat Ceph Storage and IF100 Server Node Guidelines

  Entry-Level Solution Mid-Level Solution High-Level Solution
IF500 capacity 64TB to 128TB 256TB 512TB
CPU 2 x socket Intel Xeon E5-2690 12C 2.6GHz 2 x socket Intel Xeon E5-2695 14C 2.3GHz 2 x socket Intel Xeon E5-2698 16C 2.8GHz
Memory 64 64 128
Network 1 x Mellanox X3 Dual 40GbE 2 x Mellanox X3 Dual 40GbE 3 x Mellanox X3 Dual 40GbE
Network 2 x LSI 9300-8e HBA SAS cables x 8 3 x LSI 9300-8e HBA SAS cables x 9
2 x PCI Express slot for non-volatile random-access memory NVRAM
4 x LSI 9300-8e HBA SAS cables x 10
3 x PCI Express slot for non-volatile random-access memory NVRAM

Infiniflash System Product Specifications


Maximum raw capacity 512TB4 in 3U


IOPS > 780,000 IOPS
Throughput 7GB/s

Power and Connectivity

Input voltage 90-264 VAC
Input frequency 47-63 Hz
Input current 12 amps maximum
Power cords 2x IEC C14
Power per node active: 750W, idle: 250W
Connectivity: SAS 2.0–6Gb/s 8 SFF-8088 connectors; Future zerodowntime upgrade to SAS 3.0 - 12Gb/s


Flash expansion slots 64, 8TB flash card each
Height (3U) x width x length 5.2” (132 mm) x 17.72” (444.5 mm) x 31.5” (800 mm)
Fully populated weight 100 pounds (45kg)

Environmental Conditions

Ambient conditions
5 to 40˚C, 10% to 90% humidity non-condensing,
10,000 feet; derate 1˚C per 1,000 feet
Ambient conditions
-40 to 70˚C, 5% to 95% humidity, 10,000 feet;
User data retention not guaranteed
Transportation temperature
(short term)
-55 to 85˚C, 5% to 95% humidity, 40,000 feet;
User data retention not guaranteed

Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability

Mean time between failures (MTBF) 1.5 million hours
Hot-swappable hardware Expanders, fans, power supplies, flash cards
Fans N+2 (sustain any two fan failures)
Power supplies N+1 (sustain any one power supply failure)
Expanders N+1 (sustain any one expander failure)

Shock and Vibe

Certifications and materials Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and REACH regulations

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.


1 490TB usable capacity

2 Results available upon request from SanDisk. Email:

3 InfiniFlash AFR based on internal testing. Results available upon request to SanDisk. Email:

4 490TB usable capacity

5 Results and performance may vary according to system adoption, configuration, and broader architecture.


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