The Igloo 2U-24T-Stor is Boston's latest high performance, efficient and easy-to-use storage platform. Powered by Windows Storage Server 2012, it offers an advanced file serving and data storage solution for any size organization, providing new levels of performance and reliability.
Using the very latest storage operating system by Microsoft, the Boston Igloo 2U-24T-Stor is both a NAS and an iSCSI SAN appliance. It utilises a traditional x86 hardware design which helps reduce the costs associated with building modern datacentre and private cloud storage, as well as delivering continuous availability and preventing downtime in a scalable and reliable manner.
Windows Storage Server 2012 offers a wide and varied range of file serving and storage capabilities. It addresses heterogeneous environments, enables more efficient storage utilization and is delivered as a turnkey, file-based storage solution. It provides unified storage with support for both file (SMB and NFS) and block (ISCSI) protocols, giving flexibility as well as enabling efficient storage utilization with thin provisioning and data de-duplication technologies.
The Boston Igloo 2U-24T-Stor has up to 12 x 3.5" hot-swappable SAS/SATA drive bays at the front of the chassis, each fully populated as standard with 2TB hard drives. This provides an exceptional storage capacity of 24TB per 2U enclosure. The chassis, designed by Supermicro, is also equipped with a dual-expander SAS2 backplane, giving redundant paths to each disk through separate cables, enabling higher bandwidth and better performance.
The operating system is installed on a mirrored pair of hot pluggable 2.5” drives. These drives are rear-mounted, ensuring vital 3.5” drive bays are not wasted and data-storage capacity is maximised.
This high performance storage server is powered by an Intel Xeon E5-2609 processor, providing 4-cores and PCI Express 3.0 functionality for improved I/O throughput. Memory bandwidth and capacity are both in abundance with the inclusion of four memory channels and the provision to upgrade to up to 512GB of DDR3 ECC Registered memory respectively.
The Igloo 2U-24T-Stor is also 10GbE enabled with 10GbE Base-T ports. This means that it can be directly utilised in an already deployed 1GbE Base-T infrastructure, ready for the 10GbE upgrade of tomorrow. 10GbE delivers a significant step forward in connectivity, offering improvements in latency and network bandwidth.
Networked Attached Storage (NAS)
SAS2 dual Expander Backplane
ACPI 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 / 4.0
Plug and Play (PnP)
USB keyboard support
Power On/Off button
System Reset button
CPU Quantity (Installed)
CPU Quantity (Maximum)
Intel Xeon E5-2600
2 x 2.5" Hot-swap SAS/SATA
12 x 3.5" Hot-swap SAS/SATA
Corrects single-bit errors
Detects double-bit errors (using ECC memory)
7 x low-profile full-length expansion slots
2 x Seagate Constellation.2 250GB 2.5" SATA
12 x Seagate Constellation ES 2TB SAS2
1 x DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
1 x TPM 1.2 Header
1 x VGA port
2 x Fast UART 16550 serial ports
2 x RJ45 10GBase-T port
2 x SATA 3.0 ports (6Gbps)
4 x SATA 2.0 ports (3Gbps)
7 x USB 2.0 ports
8 x SAS2 ports (6Gbps)
4 x Supermicro 8GB DDR3-1600 2Rx4 ECC REG RoHS
Intel X540 Dual Port 10GBase-T
Realtek RTL8201N PHY (dedicated IPMI)
Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Virtual Machine Device Queues reduce I/O overhead
ACPI / APM Power Management
Power-on mode for AC power recovery
Redundant Power Supply?
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
IPMI 1.5 / 2.0
3 x 80mm 7K RPM Chassis middle fan w/ housing
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