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Chenbro Announces RM43XXX Series High-Density Storage Server Chassis

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Chenbro, a Taiwanese manufacturer, announced three new models of high-density storage server chassis: the RM43348, RM43260 and RM43160.

Each model is in a 4U rackmount form factor. These systems can use either ATX or EATX motherboards, supporting the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 / 1600 V3 families, depending upon configuration. The RM43348 offers 48 3.5” drive bays, whereas the RM43260 and RM43160 have 60 3.5” drive bays. Drives are connected to a SAS-3 backplane with two 30-port 12Gb/s SAS Expanders (for the 60-drive models) or two 24-port 12Gb/s SAS Expanders (for the 48-drive model). DataBolt allows for maximum connection speed, even with slower drives.

Four SFF-8088 ports on the external controller can be configured for either host connection or cascading, providing even more flexibility in overall storage capacity.

Reliability comes from making almost everything redundant and hot-swappable. The drives are hot-swappable through the top of the case. The top cover, the hard drive trays and motherboard trays are all tool-less, allowing for easy replacement while the server continues to run. The chassis itself is mounted on a 36” long travel slide rail that holds up to 12 Kg for easy access.

There is a built-in 1+1 redundant 80Plus Gold 1100W power supply with auto-power on, providing redundant, but not wasteful, power.

The fan modules are also redundant and hot-swappable, with four middle fans in the 48-bay version, and four front and four middle fans in the 60-bay version. In addition, the modules have a vibration isolation mechanism to protect high performance drives from vibration, and to reduce the overall noise. The fan controllers use an algorithm to ensure smooth speed transitions as well.

The RM43260 is certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012 x64 and 2012 R2 x64. These new high-density storage server chassis model are available for order now.

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