US Patent No. 11,032,934

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR ENABLING MULTIPLE STORAGE-SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS


Patent No. 11,032,934
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Apparatus, System, And Method For Enabling Multiple Storage-system Configurations
Inventorship Jason David Adrian, San Jose, CA (US)
Dominic Kai Yin Cheng, Mississauga (CA)
Austin Joel Cousineau, Menlo Park, CA (US)
Assignee Facebook, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,032,934

1. A configurable storage-system drawer comprising:a chassis;
a passive drive-plane board comprising:
first storage-drive connectors;
a first storage-controller-module connector configured to detachably mate with two or more of a first type of storage-controller module, a second type of storage-controller module, and a third type of storage-controller module, wherein:
the first type of storage-controller module comprises one or more storage-controller components necessary for a single-server configuration;
the second type of storage-controller module comprises one or more storage-controller components necessary for a dual-server configuration; and
the third type of storage-controller module comprises one or more storage-controller components necessary for a just-a-bunch-of-drives configuration;
first electrical interconnects that electrically couple the first storage-drive connectors to the first storage-controller-module connector;
second storage-drive connectors;
a second storage-controller-module connector configured to detachably mate with the first type, the second type, and the third type of storage-controller modules;
second electrical interconnects that electrically couple the second storage-drive connectors to the second storage-controller-module connector.