Boston Igloo 3U-05 NXStor SBB

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Boston Igloo 3U-05 NXStor SBB

Optimized for high performance - high availability storage applications, Boston's innovative Igloo NXStor SBB based on the industry standard SBB specification, is a fully redundant, fault-tolerant, Storage Cluster "in-a-box".

The Igloo NXStor SBB supports 12 x 3.5" Hot-swap SAS HDDs of up to 3TB each in tandem with 3 x high performance solid state hard disks for IO acceleration. Two 8GB SSD cache drives are used in mirror as an accelerated write cache for the standard spinning disk array; Additionally the final 400GB SSD drive is used to compliment the system RAM as an adaptive replacement (read) cache. The result of these extra caching levels is an increase in performance of high magnitude - in many cases up to 10x better than standard storage arrays.

In benchmark testing the Igloo NXStor SBB has been shown to produce a staggering 50,000 IOPs Vs. just 6,000 IOPs from the same test on a similar standard disk array without SSD IO acceleration. This dramatic improvement over spinning disk arrays shows significant cost advantages over alternative monolithic storage implementations required to deliver an equivalent level of performance.

Based on Nexenta's NexentaStor™ the Igloo NXStor SBB leverages the revolutionary ZFS file system. This allows previously exotic and proprietary storage features typically offered as additional upgrades by other vendors to be included as standard at no cost across the Igloo NXStor range including, multi-parity RAID, data de-duplication, unlimited snapshots, compression, replication, copy-on-write data resilience, online volume expansion and many more. Scalability is second to none with optional additional cascading units containing further spinning disks for greater capacity or extra solid state disks for increased cache.

NexentaStor™ is the leading hardware independent OpenStorage solution based on its adoption by thousands of enterprises to date. With features such as 128 bit addressing, virtually unlimited storage file sizes, virtually unlimited numbers of clones, and support for multiple concurrent server virtualization vendors, NexentaStor™ is both Cloud and Virtualizaton ready. Nexenta has also developed the VM Data Center module, which integrates tightly with NexentaStor, VMware, and Citrix. The VM Data Center module allows hosting and cloud providers to easily see and manage their virtual environments. For maximum efficiency, storage policies can be set directly from NexentaStor for particular virtual machines.


Key Features

Redundant storage nodes in one enclosure Redundant SAS2 controllers Intel Xeon processors 96GB ECC DDR3 per node 5.4TB of shared local storage 2x 8GB SSD Write Cache 1x 400GB SSD Read Cache RAID support (striping, mirroring, RAIDZ, RAIDZ-2 & RAIDZ-3) Dual Port 10GbE connectivity (SFP+) Dual redundant high efficiency power supplies


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  • BIOS Features

    ACPI 1.0
    ACPI 2.0
    ACPI 3.0
    PCI 2.2
    Plug and Play (PnP)
    USB keyboard support

  • BIOS Type


  • Chipset

    Intel 5520 (Tylersburg-36D)

  • Chipset I/O Controller


  • Colour


  • CPU Manufacturer


  • CPU Model


  • CPU Quantity (Installed)


  • CPU Quantity (Maximum)


  • CPU Series

    Intel Xeon X5680

  • Disk on Module

    2 x XI Trade 64GB Disk on Module DOM SATA i-100 Vertical MLC (Innolite)

  • Drive Bays

    16 x 3.5" Hot-swap SAS/SATA

  • Drive Support


  • Expansion Slots

    1 x (x8) PCI-E 2.0 slot (w/ riser)
    2 x (x4) PCI-E 2.0 slots (w/ riser)

  • Form Factor


  • GPU Family

    Matrox G-Series

  • GPU Manufacturer


  • GPU Memory Sizes


  • GPU Model

    Matrox G200eW

  • HDD's (Installed)

    12 x Seagate Cheetah NS.2 450GB SAS2.0

  • Input/Output

    1 x 6Gb/s SAS2 port for cascading
    1 x console port (via KVM cable)
    1 x USB A type
    1 x VGA port
    2 x USB ports

  • Interface


  • LED indicators

    2 x Network activity LEDs
    Hard drive activity LED
    Power fail LED
    Power status LED
    System Overheat LED

  • Management

    Onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support

  • Manufacturer


  • Memory (Installed)

    192GB DDR3 1333/1066MHz 2Rx4 (2x2Gb) DDP Planar LP

  • Memory (Maximum)


  • Memory Slots


  • Memory Speed


  • Memory Type


  • Network Adapter

    1 x Supermicro AOC-E10GSFPSR 10Gb Ethernet SFP+ transceiver module
    1 x Supermicro AOC-STGN-I2S dual-port 10Gb network controller
    Intel 82576 Dual-Port Gigabit
    Intel 82599EB 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller for interconnection

  • Network Ports


  • Network Socket


  • Product Range

    Boston Igloo

  • Product Series


  • PSU Output Capacity

    1200 Watts

  • SAS Controller

    LSI 2008 SAS2 controller

  • Software (Installed)

    Nexenta Base license: Manage up to 32TB of storage (incl 3 years Gold level support)
    Nexenta Plugin: HA Cluster Plug-in for active/active failover (incl 3 year support)

  • SSD's (Installed)

    1 x STEC ZeusIOPS 400GB MLC 2.5" SAS
    2 x STEC ZeusRAM 8GB Z4 SAS RAM Drive, 6Gb/s, 3.5"

  • Storage Type

    Storage Bridge Bay (SBB)

  • System Cooling

    12 x PWM cooling fans

  • Tags

    SDS Servers

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