Chenbro Debuts RM23624 2U 24-Bay Server Chassis

Do you need a lot of storage? Do you need to achieve superior IOPS performance? Then you should look at Chenbro’s newest system which is called the RM23624 and is a 24-bay 2U rack server. The RM23624 features 24 hot-swappable 2.5-inch drive bays for HDDs or SSDs and a 12Gb/s SAS expander with LSI DataBolt that provides the higher performance and reliability that data centers demand.

Cooling challenges encountered by placing this many hard drives in a 2U chassis are countered through a strong thermal design by experts from Chenbro and their years of experience in the field. The chassis is perfect for enterprise storage, online transaction processing, database servers, and other I/O constrained applications.

Besides the 24 drive bays in the front, the case also features an additional HDD cage that supports two internal 2.5-inch drive bays for your operating system and system software deployment. The server chassis doesn’t just feature a lot of hot-swappable drive bays, the four anti-vibration fans are also easy swappable and so are the redundant power supplies.

You can optionally mount three full height or seven low-profile expansion cards through the PCIe expansion slots on the rear, which gives you even more flexibility for your build.

 

As mentioned earlier, the chassis is designed with optimal airflow and heat ventilation in mind and to be able to provide a reliable thermal structure with its four patented anti-vibration fans with smart speed control configuration. You can mount two more optional 40mm rear fans to achieve the maximum thermal performance in this setup.

Power supply options include a choice of a single power supply or 1+1 redundant power supply for that extra backup and safety.

Chenbro didn’t reveal any pricing or availability time yet, but both are sure to follow soon. Until then you can also check out all the juicy details on the official product page.

Thecus Announces Launch of Two New Rackmount NAS


Thecus announced the launch of two new enterprise-grade NAS with 12 and 16 bays and packed with plenty of features and connectivity while running on Haswell Xeon processors. The new N12580 and N16850 offer massive scalability on top of their cross-platform file sharing, schedulable snapshots, and resilient data integrity for a working environment that won’t let your enterprise down.

The two new servers come equipped with the Intel’s Haswell Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz processor and the C224 chipset. They are equipped with 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM but support up to 32GB each. Four RJ45 LAN ports allow for plenty of connectivity and the units come with plenty of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports too. Inside the NAS’, you’ll find an 8-lane (x1) or 4-lane (x2) and 1-lane (x1) PCI-E slot for further expansions. All that coupled together should make the N12850 and N16850 deliver lightning fast, persistent throughput speeds while offering the requirements necessary to efficiently complete CPU-consuming tasks and serves more concurrent tasks at the same time.

“Businesses today are seeking a NAS system that can best handle the demanding day-to-day high storage needs that occur in the workplace. Our new enterprise-class N12850 and N16850 NAS series are the solution. With advanced data protection and integrity mechanisms, these rackmounts NAS provide the ideal choice for storing a business’s crucial data.” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus Technology Corp.

With native support for both SAS and SATA drives, users can experience the superior storage performance of 12G SAS and 6G SATA drives for a flexible storage environment. These new models are 10GbE ready and support High Availability for system redundancy. The units also deploy Daisy Chaining via SAS technology which offers connections to four additional D16000 units, allowing users to reach storage capacities of up to 640TB. Impressive.

These new units also come with some new features which include Virtualization, Volume encryption, Free Intel Security, Thecus App Center and User Profiles. This new enterprise series delivers significant improvements in design, performance, and user experience.

Key Specifications

  • Intel Haswell XEON processor
  • 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • Redundant power supply
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports, USB 2 x 3.0 ports
  • 1 x VGA port
  • 6G SATA and SAS 12G compatibility
  • Hot-swappable hard drives
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD

The new Thecus N16850 and N12850 servers are expected to begin shipping globally in April, so that will be very soon and the wait won’t be long.

Synology Announces RackStation RS2416+ and RS2416RP+ NAS

Synology unveiled their newest rackmounted NAS dubbed the RS2416+ and RS2416RP+ that features a redundant PSU. The 12-bay NAS can easily be expanded on the fly for up to 24 drives and should bring a good performance thanks to great hardware.

The Synology RS2416+ is equipped with a quad-core Atom C2538 CPU and comes with built-in AES-NI hardware encryption engine, and 2GB RAM that is expandable up to 6GB. The NAS comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports that support failover and Link Aggregation as well as two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.

The RS2416+ supports the Btrfs file system and offers metadata mirroring and checksums that guarantee a higher level of data availability and survivability. Snapshots can be automatically captured as frequently as every five minutes, allowing businesses to go back in time and recover previous versions of files and folders. You can set it to retain up to 256 daily, weekly, or monthly snapshots when equipped with expanded memory.

 

“Small- and medium-sized enterprises need a storage solution that grows with them, while also ensuring past documents, records, and other important data are protected against human error or unforeseen hardware errors. With advanced data protection and integrity mechanisms, the new RS2416+/RS2416RP+ provides the ideal choice for storing a business’ crucial data,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

Both the RS2416+ and the RS2416RP+ with redundant PSU are now shipping globally. The MSRP for the RS2416+ is set to £1290 inc VAT and €1380 before taxes. The RS2416RP+ UK MSRP is £1620 inc VAT and €1825 before taxes.

SilverStone Introduces the MS08 Mobile RAID Rack

SilverStone has no shortage of add-ons for our systems and they’ve added one more to the list, the MS08 mobile RAID rack. The MS08 allows you to take your RAID setup with you on the go as it is hardware based and packed into a convenient little unit.

The MS08 will fit into any 3.5-inch drive bay while it holds up to two 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs with a height of up to 9.5mm. The mobile RAID rack supports both JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) as well as RAID 1 and RAID zero, depending on if you want maximum capacity, speed, or redundancy.

The connection is handled through a single SATA3 6Gbps port and as such the array won’t be able to perform better than that, but that doesn’t take much away from the usefulness of the device. Adding a second port would create incompatibilities with a lot of bays and prevent the easy and convenient hot-swap abilities that the SilverStone MS08 comes with.

The mobile rack is made from a plastic and aluminium construction that should provide both durability and protection for your drives. It offers easy swap of drives too as it has a tool-less design and supports hot swapping. It also comes with dual-LEDS so you know what drive is accessed when.

SilverStone did not reveal any pricing or availability at this time, but I’d expect it to come in around the £35-40 area and be available very soon.

QNAP Releases High-Performance 4-Bay TVS-x71U Turbo VNAS Series

QNAP expands their rack mounted NAS series even more, this time with the new TVS-471U four-bay NAS. There will be several models of this NAS where some come with single power supply and other with redundant PSUs. The last ones are recognizable by the RP in the naming.

Processor wise there will be two models to choose from, the TVS-471U-PT-4G with an Intel Pentium G3250 3.1GHz dual-core processor and the TVS-471U-i3-4G with an Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz dual core processor. Both models come with 4GB DDR3 RAM and can be upgraded to more.

Besides having four storage bays, RAM and a CPU, the new QNAP NAS also feature four Gigabit LAN ports and are 10GbE ready thanks to the PCIe expansion slot. You also get four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port. Inside it also features two internal cache ports.

The 4-bay rackmount TVS-471U series is capable of providing over 1,500 MB/s throughput and 128,000 IOPS for CPU-intensive tasks including Virtualization Station, serving large numbers of simultaneous connections, and 4K video playback and transcoding.

The newly added Qsirch helps finding files as fast as possible no matter how much storage you have, and you can have a lot. With the optional QNAP REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP RAID expansion enclosures, you can expand this system up to 1PB.

The QvPC technology eases the VM integration and allows you to use the NAS directly and have access to everything from the system itself. Monitor your surveillance feeds, watch 4K videos, or load files – not a problem.

The TVS-471U series is iSCSI-SAN unified storage and supports VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management and facilitates cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX platforms. Besides supporting Windows AD, LDAP directory services, and Windows ACL for efficient permission settings, the TVS-471U series also acts as a domain controller for Windows. Flexible backup solutions for Windows and Mac users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, Rsync and cloud storage backup are also included.

Synology Released Three New NAS Units

 

Synology has just released not one and not two new NAS, they went for a while three while at it. The first new unit is a refresh of an older model and the DS215+ replaces the DS214+ with a new and improved dual-core processor and hardware encryption for up to 80% faster reading and 50% faster writing operations. The DS215+ comes with two Gigabit ethernet LAN ports and 1GB RAM.

The DS715 on the other hand is a brand new unit, and what a unit it is. It is packed in the same beautiful packaging as the DS215+ but has another interior design. The DS715 is equipped with a quad-core CPU with hardware encryption and comes with 2GB RAM. Two gigabit ethernet ports connect the unit to your network and you can expand it with the DX513 unit for up to 7 drives.

The DS715 also supports Synology High Availability (SHA) which ensures a seamless transition between clustered servers in the event of a server failure.

Both the DS215+ and DS715 are backed by a two-year limited warranty and are available now for an MSRP of £252 and £306 respectively. We will have a review of both these units ready for you very shortly, so check back for more. You won’t be disappointed.

The third new unit is designed for enterprises and it is a beauty. The RC1801xs+ together with the RXD1215sas expansion unit provide a great base for your company’s storage needs.

“For today’s businesses, maintaining server uptime is the key to ensuring maximum productivity and minimised costs. The high-availability cluster design of RC18015xs+ and RXD1215sas is the ideal storage solution for enterprises seeking nonstop business continuity, scalability, and comprehensive data protection tools,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

The high availability cluster design combines two computing servers and multiple storage units into a single high-availability cluster. You can scale the unit up to 180 drives and a maximum raw storage capacity beyond 1PB with superior performance. With over 2.270MB/s throughput, 355K IOPS, 8GB ECC RAM (upgradeable), PCIe slot for a 10GbE card and more, you get an impressive system.

Synology RC18015xs+ and RXD1215sas are now shipping globally. While they are separate units, they aren’t intended to work alone but as a high-availability cluster. Two RC18015xs+ and at least one RXD1215sas expansion unit are required to operate normally.

The RC18015xs+ comes with an MSRP of £2802 and the RXD1215sas with £2400, so it won’t be a cheap setup – but it is one that will be worth it.

ASRock RACK @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – ASRock are one of the largest motherboard companies in the world right now so it would make sense for it to branch out into other markets such as business and servers.

Even though this isn’t your typical enthusiast grade technology, the technology shown here will most likely filter down into the consumer market in the near future. Take the X99 ITX motherboard, for example, people said it couldn’t be done and it was made; then it was made better with the introduction of 4 DIMM slots.

Today we see an impressive range of motherboards including the X99 ITX motherboard and a server rack.

We look forward to bringing you more news and event updates from Computex 2015 as it happens.

Lenovo Showcase A GRID server at GTC 2015


GTC 2015: After walking around the exhibition show floor at this years NVIDIA GTC event, a few things caught our eye and the main thing was a huge standing rack blade enclosure from Lenovo.

As we know with blade racks, they can support a whole host of hardware including storage modules, video cards and of course, the networking infrastructure and processing power that you’d come to expect from a system of this calibre.

Inside the Lenovo N1200 server, we can see everything needed for a highly spectacular NVIDIA GRID server. If you want to find out more about GRID, we invite you to check it out here.

We have a lot more coverage coming from NVIDIA GTC, so keep your eyes peeled.

ASRock Rack at CeBIT 2015

ASRock Rack have got all their latest motherboard solutions on display at CeBIT 2015, while not the same as their consumer division, which we’ll be taking a look at later today, they’ve still got some very exciting products. One that really caught our attention, is the board you can see above, which features support for the Xeon E5 v3 series processors, and comes equipped with all the features you would expect from a great workstation board.

This is another great board, which features the Xeon socketet, like many of the boards above, comes equipped wih three LAN connections, USB 3.0, 4-SODIMM slots and would no doubt make a great solution for a compact workstation, networking systems and a whole lot more. It’s really great to see boards this small that are capable of running such high-end processors.

We’ll be checking out the consumer ASRock boards later today and we’re told there will be something pretty special on display too, so stay tuned for more.

Aerocool Launches DS 200 Midi Tower With Special Insulation and Built-In Fan Controller

Aerocool has launched a new addition to its Dead Silence chassis series, the DS 200, sporting a variety of features, such as having both side-panels equipped with special insulation mats in order to reduce the noise inside the PC. In addition to the latter, the DS 200 also features an integrated fan controller as well as 0.8 mm SECC material.

The company distinguishes the DS series from the rest of the products by granting a variety of color options, having the DS 200 coming in six colors: classy black, black/white, red, orange, blue and green. It is said that all chassis options equipped with a special top-cover which can be removed and replaced by a mesh-style cover in order to boost the airflow capacity. Aerocool even offers an optional side panel window for customers who would like to show off their build.

The built-in fan controller is another interesting feature, having it be located on the topside of the chassis. It is said to support a total of 25W shared by three channels, having the fans be controlled simultaneously. The fan controller is said to have three speed options, namely low, medium and high, while also boasting the capability of stopping a fan channel when needed. The temperature is said to be displayed on the large round display, having to choose from seven color options for the display illumination. Lastly, the I/O panel is said to feature two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and HD audio and a microphone connector.

On the inside, the DS 200 is said to have enough space for even the latest hardware components, a tool-free rack for both optical and disk drives and support for the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX. The company states that up to five 3.5″ HDDs or seven 2.5″ HDDs/SSDs can be mounted inside the case, as well as VGA cards with a length of up to 29 cm (41 cm if removing the center 3.5″ cage). When it comes to cooling, the DS 200 is said to offer support for both air and water cooling solutions, having room for big CPU cooler with a length of 17 cm as well as several pass-through openings with rubber protection located in the mainboard tray. Aerocool states that 240 or 280 mm water-cooling solutions can be mounted in the front or the top of the DS 200, having enough room for even a PSU of 22 cm in length.

In terms of noise output, the DS 200 is said to have both side panels insulated with mats, while having all the 2.5″ and 3.5″ bays as well as the PSU equipped with anti-vibration shock-proof rubber. In addition to the latter, two silent case fans are pre-equipped and ready to provide steady airflow out of the box. Aerocool has stated to also introduce the “Lite Edition” option, which includes the DS 200 with standard non-insulated side panels and comes without the center 3.5″ cage and auto-eject front-panel.

When it comes to prices, Aerocool is said to offer the entry-level DS 200 Lite Black Edition at a price of $120.90, the Black Edition at $158.90, while the Red, Orange, Black/White, Blue and Green Editions are said to all come at the same $163.90 price tag. Additionally, the DS 200 Window Panels are said to be sold separately, having a price tag of $13.00.

Images courtesy of Aerocool

Enermax Mobile Rack And Card Reader On Display At CES 2014

On our continued tours around the suites at this years CES in Las Vegas and we find ourselves in the Enermax suite. Now typically when we think of Enermax – chassis, fans and power supplies are what spring to mind along with cooling solutions. Well this year sees the range of products that they have to offer grow as we see a small range of storage accessories appearing amongst the rest of the products that they have on show here.

Amongst this range of products we find items that should cater for most users needs these days with sith single and multi-bay options for housing hard drives, memory cards and additional USB ports right on the front of your case. With products like these taking up a fair portion of the market – especially when we note at the wide variety of products that both Akasa and IcyDock have to offer, Enermax are keen to show that their items also pack quality as well as functionality.

The ‘Mighty Series’ as it has been named does offer a large number of items that until now we’ve net seen, with a mixture of both drive bays. card readers, USB hubs for both USB2.0 and USB3.0 specifications available to suit the needs of many enthusiast users. Considering Enermax are shouting out quality with these units, I’ll be getting in touch with Enermax to arrange some samples for review.

Naturally, we urge you to keep an eye out as I aim to get some of these products in for review and to put them through their paces. Hopefully they come up trumps in terms of performance and well as looks and going by my previous encounters – things are looking good. Keep on watching as we keep you up to date with the latest content from this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.