Now Shipping: Quanta QCT Cluster-in-a-Box Storage Appliance Engineered for SMBs and Remote Offices Demanding HA Solutions

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MESOS CB220 Performance SKU adds LSI hardware RAID based Syncro™ Solution and Microsoft Windows storage server 2012 to simplify continuous uptime.

Quanta QCT MESOS CB220 Performance SKU

The design provides continuous application uptime at a fraction of the complexity of existing HA solutions. Redundancy and simplified server failover clustering is accomplished by sharing the storage in a single CiB form factor.

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that need a cost-effective high availability (HA) storage solution, or enterprises needing HA storage for remote offices have a new choice from Quanta QCT.

Quanta QCT, a leading manufacturer of server, storage and network products for cloud-ready datacenters, is now shipping a converged cluster-in-a-box (CiB) storage appliance designed to deliver HA performance in a simplified, space-efficient and cost-effective 2U design.

The MESOS CB220 Performance SKU ships pre-configured with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard Edition and LSI Syncro CS. This new version in the CB220 line provides dual active-active clustered nodes, transparent failover, and non-disruptive upgrades to ensure continuous availability of data to users, physical and virtualized servers, and applications. The design provides continuous application uptime at a fraction of the complexity of existing HA solutions. Redundancy and simplified server failover clustering is accomplished by sharing the storage in a single CiB form factor.

The solution is powered by two Intel® Xeon® E5-2609 processors with 64 MB of memory per node. The unit’s design employs the Quanta QCT infrastructure sharing concept, where the two nodes share the same chassis, power supplies, and fans. This design improves power and cooling efficiencies, resulting in operational cost savings compared to competitive products that do not have shared infrastructure hardware.

Earlier this year, Quanta QCT began shipping the CB220 Value SKU. This first appliance in the CB220 lineup ships without LSI Syncro CS capability, and is designed for applications that perform well with only software-based HA support.

The new CB220 adds the LSI Syncro CS 9271-8i solution to deliver a redundant, two-server node cluster with shared storage for environments where physical space is limited. Since the CB220 is a single self-contained unit, installation of the Syncro CS solution can be conducted during system assembly. This simplifies deployment in the field allowing a complete configuration to be up and running in as little as 20 minutes. The ability to contain the server form-factor while delivering redundancy and shared storage provides a huge advantage to IT administrators trying to meet these limitations.

Key features of the CB220 Performance SKU include:

  •     Highly compatible with heterogeneous Windows IT infrastructure.
  •     High availability hardware RAID, built on LSI MegaRAID technology.
  •     Unified storage capable: SMB 3.0, NFS v4.1, iSCSI.
  •     NFS Interoperability with more than 16 types of Linux, FreeBSD, VMware and Open Solaris operating system.
  •     Server message block transparent failover and multi-channel (multiple TCP connections per server message block session).
  •     In-box NIC teaming: mix and match NICs run in physical or virtualized environment.
  •     Chunk level deduplication stores more data in less physical space and delivers much higher optimization ratios.

The CB220 Performance SKU offers up to 48TB of internal raw capacity and can be expanded to 240TB externally with Quanta MESOS M4600H disk enclosure. More information on channel availability at our website.

Supporting Quotes

"Customers with smaller HA storage management needs still want the economics, density, expandability and performance of larger systems. The CB220 line gives them two excellent choices, including both software HA and hardware-based HA." — Mike Yang, general manager, Quanta QCT

"Windows Storage Server 2012 provides affordable storage for customers, including organizations that need simplified and small-footprint options. The MESOS CB220 storage appliance with Windows Storage Server 2012 is designed to give Quanta customers a proven and cost-effective solution for highly available clustered storage." — Brian Hillger, director of product marketing, Microsoft

"LSI Syncro for Windows Server 2012 within Quanta’s next-generation Cluster-in-a-Box design enables SMB and remote office IT departments to deploy an effective enterprise-class high-availability solution without the added costs of extra equipment or the complexity of a SAN. Quanta’s Cluster-in-a-Box solution is a win for its customers and will provide numerous enterprise-class benefits, including data sharing, scaling, and continuous availability, for a wide range of business needs." — Jas Tremblay, vice president of marketing, Datacenter Solutions Group, LSI

About Quanta QCT

Quanta QCT provides a comprehensive line of server, storage and network switch products for cloud datacenter customers that demand the engineering and manufacturing capabilities provided by one of the world's largest hardware companies, but require hardware tuned and optimized to their unique workload specifications. Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., the company's parent is Quanta Computer, Inc., a $34 billion FORTUNE® Global 500 company with more than 100,000 employees located at engineering, manufacturing, sales and support facilities worldwide. http://www.QuantaQCT.com.

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