Supermicro Doubles-Down on JBOD Storage Density

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Supermicro has announced two new additions to its Double-Sided Storage family. The SC417 and SC837 configurations provide the highest hot-swap storage density in their class, with the SC417 supporting up to 40 hot-swap drives in the rear and delivering nearly double the storage capacity while saving valuable rack space and reducing costs.

By optimizing these systems with Supermicro SAS controllers, validated memory and hard disks that have passed our stringent validation process, customers will benefit from an extremely reliable, high-quality storage solution,” said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro.  “Since first introducing our innovative Double-Sided Storage solution in 2009, the demand for this product line has ramped up very successfully. To address this strong demand for our high-capacity solutions, we’re continuing to develop new designs and expand this product family.”


  1. well, I like SM products, but have to wonder how many niches are mainly concerned about hitting 10 disks per U, given the availability of 2-3 GB disks. yes, seek/spindle-oriented HPC workloads could happen, but putting 120TB in a box otherwise implies a very high storage footprint for users. does an average user at your site use more than a few TB?

    also consider that moving more than ~1 GB/s in/out of a server is not trivial. that means that as little as 8 disks can saturate the link – to me, 40 disks in a box makes me think of sipping through a straw.

  2. Ulrich Jorgensen says

    If you have ever considered storage for virtualization and backup?
    We have storagehungry customers, and centralizing storage for multiple customers and at the same time safekeeping backup-data for multiple customers takes the storage demands to new levels. Who has a larger SAN, and only using 1 GB/s links today? I mean 10GBe, FiberChannel, Infiniband are all technologies that eliminates the bandwidth issue, it is just a matter of infrastructure, and even with 1 GB/s you can achieve much higher bandwith, bonding 2, 4 or 8 gigabit ports…