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Title: Rackable Systems Overview

Rackable SystemsOverview
Mike Hoey Sr Director, Northeast Sales
About Rackable Systems
Leading Provider of Servers Storage for
Large-Scale Data Centers
Vital Stats
  • Founded in 1999, based in Silicon Valley, CA
  • 4th largest x86 server vendor in North America
    (IDC Gartner)
  • Fastest-growing x86 provider worldwide (IDC)
  • Successful IPO in June 2005 (Nasdaq RACK)
  • Distinguished by our highly differentiated
    chassis, cabinet and power designs (patents
  • The first to launch DC power solutions for
    wide-spread data center adoption (patents

Rapid Revenue Growth
(1) 12 months ended September 30, 2002. (2)
Midpoint of recent guidance range.
250 Leading CustomersAcross Many Verticals
Semiconductor Design
Enterprise Software
Biotech Pharma
Top 10 Global I-Bank
UCSC Human Genome Project
Fox Sports Network
A Vast Improvement
Old Way
Rackable Way
The Data Center Dilemma
Maximum Density
  • Highly differentiated server cabinet designs
  • Half-depth form factors for back-to-back mounting
  • 2x density levels 88 servers per cabinet 352
  • Ability to cool fully populated cabinet of systems
  • Back-to-back mounting
  • 352 cores per cabinet
  • Back-to-back and side-to-side mounting
  • 352 cores per cabinet

Flexible Configurations
  • Total flexibility and configurability
  • Open architecture, X86 designs
  • Customer and order specific bill of material
  • Rapid new technology adoption
  • Range of memory, disk formats (SCSI, SATA, IDE,
    SAS) and RAID configurations
  • Leading edge development around AMD and Intel
  • Best-of-breed partners
  • Full support for range of software platforms
  • World-class OS expertise
  • Linux, Windows, Solaris

Lower Power Consumption
  • Reduce power consumption in the server
  • Use low wattage parts (CPU, memory, fans)
  • Eliminate unnecessary components
  • Map designs to data center power availability
  • Less power less heat greater reliability
  • Reduce losses associated with getting power to
  • Industrys first DC Power technology
  • AC-to-DC conversion at cabinet, row and data
    center level
  • 10-30 lower power draw
  • 20-40 elimination of heat at server level
  • Maximize density to available power in legacy
    data centers
  • Only supplier to provide Direct DC powered
    servers and storage
  • In AC systems, carefully match power supply to
    system power draw

Source Lawrence Berkeley/California Energy
Commission, 6/2006
Distributed DC Power
Which would you rather have in your server?
Choose the cooler, more efficient, more reliable
Rackable Systems DC Power Supply
Competitors AC Power Supply
  • Small 29 cu in (no moving parts!)
  • 2 million hours MTBF
  • Dual power feed
  • 93 efficiency
  • Very low thermal signature
  • Big 240 cu in
  • 100,000 hours MTBF
  • Need (2) for Dual power feed
  • 73 efficiency
  • High thermal signature

Cabinet DC Power Technology
Power Cost Savings and Higher Reliability
  • Highly reliable DC power supply (93 efficient)
    replaces standard AC power supply (73
  • Rectifiers convert AC input to DC power for 10
    increase in power efficiency
  • DC distribution bars inside cabinet deliver NM
    redundant DC power to individual servers
  • 20-40 elimination of heat
  • Deployed in any existing AC data center

Source Lawrence Berkeley/California Energy
Commission, 6/2006
Row Data Center DC Solutions
  • Row Level
  • One rack used to power entire row of cabinets
  • Added redundancy, reduced cost
  • Reduce number of circuits
  • Eliminate need for AC PDUs in data center
  • Data Center Level
  • Additional efficiency benefit (up to 30)
  • Improved thermal shift/corresponding HVAC
  • Maturing technology

AC DC Greenfield Building Comparison
Data Center Level DC Power
Customer Case Study
DC Power Testimonials
  • Rackable has allowed us to increase our global
    hardware capacity by more than 50 without
    increasing our electricity costs. CIO of Webex
    to Forbes Magazine, June 2006
  • DC Power keeps the units considerably cooler
    within the chassis themselves and saves us
    somewhere between 10 and 20 percent over the
    AC-powered alternative." Lead Engineer at
    University of Florida to CNET, March 2006
  • By purchasing a DC-powered solution, eWEEK Labs
    believes organizations will increase server
    reliability while lowering monthly power costs.
    eWeek Labs, March 2006
  • We saw the power savings right away when we put
    in the Rackable Systems servers. President of
    Spectrum to eWeek, March 2006
  • Using DC powered servers, we're saving money
    on energy, while receiving 20 more compute power
    in the same footprint." VP Technology of Right
    Media to Tech Target, Jan 2006

Cooling Strategies
  • Every 100W of power consumed by a server requires
    70W power for HVAC to cool it
  • Reduced power less heat reduced HVAC costs
    higher MTBF
  • Better heat evacuation
  • Back-to-back mounting enables central air plenum
    in cabinet
  • Louver system allows vectoring of air to returns
    (either upward or downward inside plenum)
  • Elimination of hot aisle/cold aisle phenomenon
  • Reduces requirements on air handlers
  • No additional power needed to evacuate hot air

Operational Savings
  • Better serviceability
  • I/O in front for easy access
  • Roamer remote management
  • Modular power mating
  • Elimination of rail kits clean cabling
  • Turnkey deployments
  • Designed to meet customer-specific data center
    space and power requirements
  • Fully racked, stacked and cabled
  • System/cabinet-level power optimization
  • Configurations specific to customer
  • Comprehensive support and sparing packages
  • World-class technical consulting

Low Total Cost of Ownership
Global Service and Support Capabilities
  • Choice in domestic or global support
  • Complete 24x7 North American capability, 4 hour
    onsite support from network of 3,000 engineers
  • We currently support customers in Beijing,
    England, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg,
    Malaysia and Taiwan
  • Self-service support portal for customers
  • Unified case management infrastructure
  • Use SF.com infrastructure
  • Many customers provide automated input via SOAP
  • Custom support models available globally
  • Build-to-order service and support options
  • Fix in Place
  • Sparing
  • Self-maintenance

Rackable Systems Advantage
  • Rack Roll ! full turnkey deployment
  • Open architecture COTS
  • Built-to-order, NOT Cookie-Cutter
  • Superior cooling power management
  • Best Rack Server Density in Market
  • Superior TCO
  • Easier serviceability
  • Full Customer Support choices
  • On site sparing / field inventory
  • Worldclass Linux support
  • Short lead times - Rapid deployment
  • (3,000 server order in 7 weeks !)

RapidScaleTM High-Performance Clustered Storage
Accelerating Application Throughput
Scalable applications are NOT commoditieseven if
most hardware is
RapidScale closes the gap
I/O interconnect (10X)
Memory bus MHz (8X)
Application throughput (4X)
Source www.top500.org
The RapidScale Storage Solution
  • Enhances application engine performance
  • Eliminates expensive SAN arrays
  • Minimizes use of slower NAS protocols
  • Eliminates complex parallel file systems
  • Reduces storage administration effort


Evolution to Clustered Storage
Price / Performance
Next Generation of Storage Networking
  • Clustered Storage
  • No data silos all nodes access the same global
    name space file system
  • Highest performance
  • Excellent capacity utilization
  • Data sharing across nodes
  • Lower capital and operating costs

RapidScale Clustered Storage
  • Parallel data access improves
  • application performance
  • Global name space file system
  • Ethernet switches become virtual
  • multi-ported RAID controller
  • Linear performance scaling
  • Simple management
  • Highly Available configurations

RapidScale Storage Appliances maintain cache
coherency across clients
RapidScale Storage Appliances
  • Capacity
  • Up to 8TB (16 x 500GB drives) per appliance
  • Aggregate to 18 exabytes
  • Performance
  • 200 MB/sec (Infiniband)
  • Aggregate to over 10 GB/sec
  • Networking Support
  • Ethernet, Infiniband, Myrinet
  • Power
  • DC or AC
  • RapidScale SA3100
  • AC power
  • Up to 8TB per appliance
  • Up to 112TB per cabinet
  • RapidScale SA2150
  • DC power
  • Up to 4.5TB per appliance
  • Up to 126TB per cabinet

RapidScale Performance Monitor
Small scale array running at 1GB/sec!
  • Easy to use monitoring tool
  • ID RapidScale Systems
  • Monitor performance
  • Tune network and application hotspots

The RapidScale Value Proposition
  • Modular Solution
  • Add capacity/performance by simply adding more
    Storage Appliances
  • Simple Installation and Deployment
  • Easy to deploy and manage using well-known
    Linux tools
  • Greater Return-on-Investment
  • Increased cluster efficiency improves
    application performance
  • Faster Results
  • Better application performance streamlines and
    improves business
  • decisions
  • Most Environmentally Friendly Solution
  • DC power will save up to 30 in power
    consumption and up to 40 BTU reduction while
    back-to-back / half-depth provides double density
    and cuts floorspace in half !

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