4U - 8 blades, using the new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard standard, DC or AC power
The BB-ITX84 Blade server system is designed around the newest industry standard Thin Mini-ITX architecture, introduced in June, 2011 by Intel and utilizes non-proprietary off the shelf parts. The new thin design ensures maximum computing density in a minimum vertical space, typically under 25 millimeters, offering exceptional density and low power consumption when used with the Intel Atom line of processors. A new unique thin heat-pipe based cooling system allows expansion to faster processors such as the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and low power Xeon processors while retaining the low height.
It can be ordered as a build it yourself blade system where you provide the parts, or as a fully configured ready- to-run system built to your specifications. We offer a wide variety of motherboard, processor, and storage options.
Broad applications - The BB-ITX84 is suitable for use in most any application requiring servers, graphic renderer farms, remote KVM operated workstations, small business web and communications servers, or specialized process control systems that use PC based solutions. Anywhere you need high computing density, low power, and ease of servicing, this system can be configured to meet not only those, but most any need often filled by much more expensive and proprietary blade server systems.
As seen at left, blades can easily be removed from the chassis with one thumbscrew, sliding out the front of the chassis, with no interruption of service to other blades in operation. Build-a-Blade systems are easy to configure, easy to manage, and provide an exceptional return on your investment due to their low power nature, and their ability to be re-used when technology advances and you need additional processing power.
Great ROI ! - When you need a new washer/dryer at home, do you sell your house? Of course not! Build-a-Blade is based on the same concept, you simply upgrade the "appliances" (the blade trays) inside the house (the chassis) making for an exceptional Return On Investment that can span many years of service.
Support for RAID based blades - You can place up to four 2.5" hard disks or solid state drives on a BB-ITX84 blade tray. Two normally, plus an extra two drives using the optional drive stacking rails.
Supports a wide variety of processors and motherboards - Systems can be configured to be low power Atom based processors, such as the D425 CPU with passive cooling at 1.8Ghz all the way up to Core i7 processors and Xeon processors requiring active cooling solutions. Our high volume front-to-rear air flow system supports motherboards up to 95 watts of power dissipation when combined with the low profile active CPU heat pipe/heat-sink. See our list of supported motherboard and processor combinations for the BB-ITX84
Easy remote management - Just like any blade server system, remote management solutions of all kinds are supported, based on the hardware you choose. These include hardware KVM switches, VNC, Windows remote desktop, and Intel IPMI, AMT, Remote Management Modules and others.
A unique power supply solution, so unique, we've applied for a patent - One of the biggest heat generators in computer chassis is power supplies, and they are also often the most vulnerable and difficult to replace components. Some proprietary solutions for existing blade systems use redundant power supplies driving a common power buss for all blades. While this can be effective, it is also expensive, and you are forced to purchase proprietary spare power supplies typically available from only one manufacturer.
In keeping with our non-proprietary industry standard components concept, our unique solution is to use multiple off the shelf AC to DC power bricks, much like laptop power supplies, and mount them on a rear rack-mounted tray as seen at left and in the in-use installed photo at right. See our FAQs and the points below on why this design has many advantages.
This power delivery design solves several problems and makes service very easy:
Fully scalable: start small, grow big - you can start small with a chassis and one blade, and add additional blades as needed. We sell starter kits you can populate yourself with your own components as well as fully configured turn-key ready to run systems. The BB-ITX84 blade trays will support passively cooled motherboards that have a heatsink on the CPU cooled by the normal front to rear airflow of the BB-ITX84 chassis, or they can support actively cooled motherboards adhering to the Thin Mini-ITX cooling standard via the Intel HTS1155LP Ultra Slim Active Thermal Solution shown below:
We offer trays for purchase with and without this accessory, though any BB-ITX84 tray can be upgraded to use the HTS1155LP at any time as mounting holes and standoffs are provided for it. See our flexible configurations below:
Above: Active cooled blade for Core i7/Xeon, passively cooled blade for Atom processors, basic blade for do-it-yourself configurations
See Our Store to choose a solution right for you. If you need standard Mini-ITX motherboards for greater options and support for up to six RAID drives, consider our BB-ITX96, with 9 blades in a 6U rack space.
For specifications, manuals, and other details, see our Spec-sheets and manuals page
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