Advatronix Cirrus 1200: a Storage Server Under Your Deskby Johan De Gelas on June 6, 2014 5:00 AM EST
Below you can find the detailed specs.
|Advatronix Cirrus 1200 (version 2013)|
|CPU & RAM||
Intel Xeon E3-1265LV2 4C/8T (2.4 GHz, 8MB L3)
Up to 32GB of ECC DDR3 UDIMMs dual channel, 1600 MHz
12 x 3.5" hot swappable (hard drive cage)
Populated w 8x Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB—RAID-10
All HD write back caches disabled
6x 2.5'' hot swappable (SSD front drive cage)
Populated w 2x Intel SSD710 200GB—RAID-1
|Controller||Adaptec ASR71605Q with "MaxCache" and BBU Enabled|
|Rear||2x 120mm fan|
|Left Side||80mm fan|
4x USB 2.0 front
2x USB 2.0 rear
2x RJ-45 Ethernet rear
PS/2 mouse and Keyboard
RJ-45 IPMI 2.0 Ethernet
Optional : 1x RJ45 10G Ethernet
One 400W 80 Plus Gold PSU (not in our review unit) or
Dual Redundant Athena Power 500W AP-RRMUD6508 (review unit)
Height 14" 13/16" (376mm)
Width 12" 1/2" (317,5mm)
Depth 12" 5.5/16" (313mm)
Weight—54 lbs (24.5 kg)
Two large 3.5" disk enclosure with hot swappable drives and one
Pricing includes 12 SATA drives
|Price||starting at $4449 (with CentOS and 4GB of RAM)|
Advatronix clearly targets people with demanding storage requirements: even the low-end configuration comes with ten 2TB SATA drives (RAID-5 + one hotspare) for your data, and two 250GB SSDs in RAID-1 for your boot disks. To keep the starting price low, the server only comes with 4GB RAM, which is a bad call in our opinion. Even if you use the Advatronix as a massive capacity NAS, the extra RAM is very helpful as the OS can use the RAM as file system cache. For $150, you can get 16GB, so it's not a big deal, but it would have been better to start with two 8GB DIMMs.
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JohanAnandtech - Sunday, June 8, 2014 - linkThe last point is where you make a reasoning error. Most enterprises just do not want to build their own fileserver, otherwise there would be not NAS market.
sciencegey - Monday, June 9, 2014 - linkI was using the last point as an example of what a SOHO could do, which this storage server is targeted at.
tential - Saturday, June 7, 2014 - linkWhy couldn't they just sell the case by itself.....
I don't need a 4500 system, I need a decent case like that.
Aikouka - Monday, June 9, 2014 - linkYeah, I was hoping this was actually just a server case review. =(
AdvatronixSystems - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - linkWe do sell the case by itself! :)
Please contact email@example.com if you're interested.
watersb - Sunday, June 8, 2014 - linkThanks for reviewing this. Very interested in storage servers. But at these price points, I'm still in "build-your-own" territory.
YouInspireMe - Sunday, June 8, 2014 - linkI have truly enjoy reading and have learned so much observing the high level exchange of knowledge here on this site I wonder if you could offer a little insight to a less knowledgeable fan of this sight. Other than it being headless and having lower power consumption what are the advantages/differences between a standard server and dedicated PC with sharing on a local network.
JohanAnandtech - Monday, June 9, 2014 - linkThanks. Another advantage is the build-in BMC which allows you to do remote management (remote power on, remote console). The rest is rather obvious: very little time is needed to replace PSU and the disks. I would definitely like the latter in my desktop :-).
CalaverasGrande - Monday, June 9, 2014 - linkthis looks like a server from the 90's except with a powder coat finish! So it must be good?
RoboKaren - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - linkWhy not look at the BackBlaze StoragePod 4.0 derived commercial product, the Storinator: http://www.45drives.com/products/
If I had $5k to spend on storage, I'd give it a serious look.