BrontaStor, the storage brand of computer firm Armari Ltd, has announced a line of servers that offer enterprise-class features in a compact space-saving format, aimed at small-to-medium enterprise (SME) customers.
Due to be available from mid-December, the firm claims the BrontaStor 822R-E4 offers the flexibility and performance of an enterprise business server, but in a compact chassis similar to network attached storage (NAS) appliances aimed at SMEs, such as Synology's DiskStation models.
The advantage of this format is that it can easily be installed in an office, school, studio, home office or lab without the need for costly rack infrastructure, according to the firm. Plus, it offers a standard server configuration and is capable of running full-blown server stacks including Microsoft's Windows Server platform.
The BrontaStor 822R-E4 is based on an Intel MicroATX server motherboard and can be configured with a Xeon E3-1200 v3 series processor or a Haswell desktop chip, and up to 32GB of memory.
It features two 1Gbps Ethernet ports and has 12 storage bays available for storage devices, which can be a mix of hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs), with hardware or software Raid. An SAS host adapter can be fitted for higher performance than standard Sata disks.
In the SME market, BrontaStor is going up against established industry players such as Fujitsu and Lenovo, which offer similar server configurations but in more conventional tower or rack-mount formats.
BrontaStor said a fully configured 822R-E4 with a Xeon E3-1230 v3 processor and 8GB of memory, but without operating system, will be available through resellers for around £1,500-£1,600.
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