Hi Folks –
Outside of my awesome wife and two adorable little girls, nothing makes me happier than reading another great review on a storage appliance running Windows Storage Server 2012! On that note, I was pleased to see this PC Pro review of the Broadberry CyberStore 316S-WSS, which says that the system “offers good value, great performance and massive expansion potential.”
Another review by IT Pro calls the same model “a cost-effective network storage appliance built on a solid hardware platform offering a remarkable expansion potential.” It goes on to say that the system “delivers an impressive range of unified storage features and teams this up with high data reduction ratios.”
Broadberry Data Systems, one of our partners in the U.K., is now offering Windows Storage Server 2012 across its entire WSS line of storage appliances. Each system from Broadberry is custom-configured and built-to-order, enabling customers to get exactly what they want in reliable, cost-effective storage.
All CyberStore WSS models are rack-mount and are delivered ready-to-deploy, with Windows Storage Server 2012 preinstalled. All systems are subjected to a 48-hour testing period prior to shipping.
Broadberry CyberStore 104S WSS and CyberStore 436S WSS.
One thing I really like about Broadberry is the number of configuration options they provide. For example, in checking out the company’s CyberStore 104S WSS, I counted seven processor options and dozens of hard drive options—including SAS and SATA drives from Seagate as well as SSD drives from Toshiba, Intel, sTec, and Seagate. You can even chose from three SSD caching kits!
Options for larger systems are even more extensive. The CyberStore 436S WSS provides 14 processor options, similar drive options to the 104S, and your choice of 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB DIMMs. You can also choose from three LSI RAID controllers/application accelerators and 19 different network adapters, including 1GbE and 10GbE NICs Intel, 10GbE NICs from Solarflare, and Fibre Channel to PCI-E (4x and 8x) host bus adapters from Qlogic.
Customers that need more storage can connect any of these storage appliances to one of the company’s JBOD enclosures. Broadberry offers models ranging from a 12-disk unit to a 45-disk unit.
Colin Broadberry, the company’s CEO, says that the 316S WSS (3U, 16x3.5” drives) and 424S WSS (4U, 24x3.5” drives) are most popular—and becoming more so every day. He attributes the increasing popularity of storage appliances based on Windows Storage Server 2012 to:
Broadberry is a great example of a Windows Storage Server 2012 partner—and the reason we built the product the way we did. The company’s mission is to give customers exactly what they want, and Broadberry is taking advantage of Windows Storage Server 2012 running on industry standard hardware to do just that. Congratulations to the Broadberry team! They’ve been selling Windows Storage Server solutions for as long as I can remember, I highly recommend you check them out in the UK.
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Program Manager Windows Storage Server