News Release

AIC Launched an Ultra-high Density 4U JBOD Featuring 100% Input/ Output Performance Improvement

07/08/2022

Taipei, Taiwan, July 8, 2022 - AIC Inc., (from now on referred to as “AIC”), a leading provider in enterprise storage and server solutions to launch J4078-02-04X, an ultra-high density 4U 78-bay JBOD enclosure. This new JBOD pioneers the market by supporting 24G SAS and providing groundbreaking performances. High density and high performance make J4078-02-04X ideal for workloads such as virtualization, enterprise backup storage, cold and warm data storage.

AIC J4078-02-04X is a 4U top-loading JBOD that supports 78 units of 3.5” enterprise capacity HDDs, up to 1.5+ petabytes of data storage. On-boarded with the latest Broadcom 24G SAS expanders on hub expander modules, the J4078-02-04X input/output (I/O) performance improves 100% compared to its previous generation. While J4078-02-04X edge expanders remain at 12G SAS, it is proven that the doubled bandwidth on hub expanders is the key of significantly enhanced I/O performances. This directly addresses the performance demand of high density storage in the market while most of the other 4U top-loading JBODs are using 12G SAS hub expanders with limited bandwidth for data transmission. J4078-02-04X‘s dual hub expander modules support dual-path redundancy for host link and expansion link. Designed with high availability and balanced architecture, each hub expander has four MiniSAS HD, providing a total of 16 ports and supporting up to 384Gb/s. With only 810 mm in depth, J4078-02-04X is one of the shortest in its category and can fit into any existing 1 meter rack. Its modularized enclosure is designed with hot-swap components and redundant features to increase reliability and ease of maintenance.

The Broadcom 24G SAS expander is the key factor that boosts the doubled I/O performances of J4078-02-04X. It is the first fully compliant SAS-4 SerDes in the industry. By maximizing the available throughput to the host, the SAS4x expander couples next generation SAS-4 technology and provides high device throughput with SAS to support up to 22.5Gb /s, doubling the effective bandwidth over prior 12Gb/s expanders without compromising energy efficiency and package size. From software and firmware perspectives, the Broadcom 24G SAS expander Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) has 95% commonality with legacy Broadcom SAS expanders, supporting AIC to significantly reduce the resources for developing J4078-02-04X.

“Market demands of 4U top-loading JBOD are soaring as it is cost-effective and can support enterprises to minimize the cost per GB,” said Michael Liang, CEO and president of AIC. “I am honored to collaborate with Broadcom in developing J4078-02-04X which is one of the first-to-market SAS4x ready 4U top-loading JBODs. With the aid from Broadcom SAS4x expanders, J4078-02-04X will support our customers to run the most data-intensive storage applications.”

“The strong collaboration between Broadcom and AIC continues with the SAS4x expander family and the J4078-02-04X technology alignment, said, Zee Shirazi, global head of marketing, Data Center Solutions Group, Broadcom. “Data-centric applications require servers with high I/O performance to move, process, and store massive amounts of data. With AIC’s deep expertise in high-density storage, the J4078-02-04X utilizes the full capability of the Broadcom SAS4x expander family and takes performance to the next level. I am certain this JBOD will support our customers as they tackle the challenges found in today’s high density, demanding storage workloads.”

J4078-02-04X samples will be ready in 2022 Q3. Please contact AIC sales team (sales@aicipc.com.tw) for any inquiry.

For more product information, please visit:
AIC J4078-02-04X : https://www.aicipc.com/en/productdetail/51367
Broadcom SAS4x Expander : https://www.broadcom.com/products/storage/sas-expanders

 

Press Contact of AIC Inc.
Yvonne Hsiao
+886 3 433 9188   EXT:8300
yvonne.hsiao@aicipc.com.tw

 

About AIC Inc.
AIC is a leading provider of both standard OTS (off-the-shelf) and OEM/ODM server and storage solutions. With expert in-house design, manufacturing and validation capabilities, AIC's products are highly flexible and configurable to any form factor, standard or custom. AIC leads the industry with over 25 years of experience in mechanical, electronic, system-level engineering as well as a dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Taiwan, AIC has offices and operations throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. For more information, please visit: https://www.aicipc.com