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Accusys ExaSAN A16T2-Share Thunderbolt 2 Storage SAN Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 6:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Accusys

Packaging and a Closer Look

 

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As you can imagine, packaging for the Accusys was quite large and beat up by the time it arrived at the lab. Inside we found a rather well designed and aesthetically pleasing 3U rack. As you can see above, 16 bays float across the front of the enclosure all spring loaded for easy access. On the left edge are several LEDs so that when powered up you can retrieve the status of the device.

 

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The scope of delivery includes the power cords, rackmount rails, and reading materials.

 

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Hiding in the bottom of the packaging box were a set of sixteen 4TB Western Digital SE HDDs.

 

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Here we have a better look at the front of the Accusys. All 16 bays have their own set of LEDs to denote activity and power.

 

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Looking at the back of the unit, you will notice that this has redundant power supplies along with two cooling fans with the central mounted Thunderbolt unit. This Thunderbolt unit has four host ports along with an HD mini-SAS connection for expansion.

 

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Diving right in we pulled the power supplies and cooling units from the enclosure.

 

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Further inspection shows each of these power supplies rated at 400 watts.

 

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Opening up the main Thunderbolt unit, you can see four Thunderbolt controllers are to the far right with four PLX ICs next to those. Further, the main board houses two LSI SAS controllers - one connecting to the large PLX chip on the daughterboard and the second to connect to the HD mini-SAS and expansion.

 

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Above, we have the 2GB stick of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory.

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