Boston Igloo 1216-W10S

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The Boston D-Store series utilises Storage Spaces Direct, coined S2D from Microsoft to deliver a true scale out storage platform. A platform that can deliver both high performance capacity and provides options for hyper convergence.


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Boston Igloo 1216-W10S

The Boston D-Store series utilises Storage Spaces Direct, coined S2D from Microsoft to deliver a true scale out storage platform. A platform that can deliver both high performance capacity and provides options for hyper convergence.

Microsoft's S2D provides node to node fault tolerance through selectable data mirroring or parity policies. In the 4-node starter configuration, if a single node fails or requires maintenance, then it's applications and data are seamlessly serviced by the remaining nodes. It is possible to maintain even higher availability too, depending on the total number of servers in the cluster, node fault tolerance can be set to allow for more than one failure at a time and maintain availability of services.

High end performance is delivered using all-flash or hybrid architectures that cache and tier data to enable optimum utilisation of each commodity. Data transfer and replication is also via a low latency internode network using RDMA 10Gbit/s Ethernet adaptors from industry leader Mellanox. This scalable network means that the platform can be scaled out to up to 16 servers and over 400 drives in one storage cluster.

Moreover, S2D can be configured as either a converged (pure storage) or hyper-converged (storage and virtualisation) appliance. As a result, the Igloo 1216-W10S can be configured to be a converged solution that layers scale-out file server atop of S2D to provide networkattached storage over SMB3 file shares. Alternatively, it can be both storage and virtualisation host with full Hyper-V cluster functionality allowing both compute and storage scale linearly by adding more of homogeneous systems as building blocks.

The building block itself is based on Supermicro's Twin Squared, a 2U, 4 node rack mount platforms, saving rack space whilst maximising on performance. Each node houses 6 hot swap SATA drive bays, 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors and up to 2TB of DDR-4 Registered ECC 2400MHz memory.  Supermicro's IPMI (out of band management) and two titanium certified redundant power supplies are also included as standard.

The solution is available paired with both 1GbE and 10GbE Supermicro or Mellanox switch gear to complete the solution for green site deployments, however can also be paired with existing switches with RDMA support.


Key Features

Turnkey 4 Node S2D Cluster Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Supports hybrid and all flash storage options Converged or Hyper-Converged configurations


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  • BIOS Features

    ACPI 1.0 / 2.0
    APM 1.2
    PCI 2.2
    Plug and Play (PnP)
    SMBIOS 2.3
    USB keyboard support

  • BIOS Type

    128MB SPI Flash with AMI UEFI

  • Cache

    Up to 55MB

  • Certifications

    80 plus Titanium

  • Chipset

    Intel C612

  • Colour


  • CPU Cores

    Up to 22 cores

  • CPU Manufacturer


  • CPU Model

    E5-2640 v4

  • CPU Quantity (Installed)


  • CPU Series

    Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4/v3

  • CPU Socket

    Dual Socket R3 (LGA 2011)

  • CPU Speed

    2.1 GHz

  • Drive Bays

    6 x 2.5" Hot-swap SAS/SATA

  • Error Detection

    Corrects single-bit errors

  • Expansion Slots

    1 x "0 slot"
    1 x PCI-E 3.0 x16

  • HDD's (Installed)

    16 x Seagate 2.5" 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7.2K RPM 128M, 512N (Avenger)

  • Input/Output

    1 x Fast UART 16550 port / 1 Header
    1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
    1 x SATADOM support on the motherboard
    1 x VGA
    2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
    2 x USB 3.0 ports (rear)
    6 x SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)

  • IPMI

    Aspeed AST2400 BMC
    IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN and KVM-over-LAN support
    Support for Intelligent Platform Management Interface v.2.0

  • Manufacturer


  • Memory (Installed)

    32 x Supermicro 16Gb DDR 2400Mhz ECC REG

  • Memory (Maximum)


  • Memory Sizes


  • Memory Speed


  • Memory Type


  • Memory Voltage


  • Network Adapter

    1 x Mellanox Rack Installation Kit
    2 x 24 Port 1GbE Switch Base-T
    2 x Mellanox Bulldog 16 Ports QSFP28 40GBE MNG Switch
    4 x ConnectX-3 Pro EN network interface card, 10GbE, dual-port SFP+, PCIe3.0 x8 8GT/s, tall bracket

  • SATA Controller

    SATA 3.0 6Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

  • Software (Installed)

    4 x Microsoft Windows Server Datacentre 2016, OEM, 64-Bit, DVD, 16 Core

  • SSD's (Installed)

    4 x Micron 5100MAX 480GB SATA 2.5" TCG Disabled Enterprise Solid State Drive
    4 x Supermicro SATA DOM 128GB SATA 6Gb/s internal

  • System Bus

    QPI up to 9.6 GT/s

  • System Cooling

    4 x 8cm heavy duty PWM fans with optimal fan speed control

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