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ZNYX rolls cooled chassis for server blade market

Posted: 23 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZNYX  cooled chassis  server blade  Ethernet 

ZNYX, a designer of Advanced TCA high-density server products for mission-critical environments, has released a front-to-back cooled chassis for its midsized Ultra5 server blade platform. The company collaborated with Asis-Pro, a global designer and manufacturer of complete enclosure systems for ATCA, CompactPCI and custom applications, to deliver the solution aimed at diverse environments of limited space.

According to the company, the products complement the Ultra5 chassis product line. ZNYX had been talking to customers about their requirements and found that many, in Asia especially, relied on multiple racks in their central offices. What they were looking to do, Austin said, was take the same applications and move nodes to smaller areas with lower population density. Those areas do not require as much equipment, so they were looking to downsize from the full 14-slot chassis to the midsize.

AdvancedTCA front-to-back cooled chassis

AdvancedTCA (ATCA) front-to-back cooled chassis in its midsized Ultra5 server blade platform. (Source: ZNYX)

ZNYX's solution also features Ethernet switching at 10Gb/s as well as connectivity on the back of those switches, said Dave Parkinson, VP of engineering at ZNYX Networks. "That 10 Gig switching is something we've had for some time. The ZX 2000 side-by-side platform we have announced has 40Gb/s capability. We're seeing a push from higher density processing capability for traffic that these boxes are handling. Along with that is increased bandwidth between ATCA blades processing that information. ZNYX is addressing the switch from 10-40Gb/s connectivity both from a switching standpoint and with processing that can handle that traffic."

The Ultra5 chassis features an integral AC and DC option, as well as dual redundant, hot-swappable PEMS or up to four 1,600W smart IPMI power supplies for N+1 or N+N redundancy; and 450W/blade power distribution. The cooling scheme uses eight powerful fans that provide 65 CFM per slot, designed for CPUs that consume a great deal of power as well as switch-blade servers. The chassis can be fitted with up to two shelf managers based on Pigeon Point Systems' IPM Sentry ShMM-500R or ShMM-700.

- Zewde Yeraswork
  EE Times

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