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RAID Storage 64 bay Citrix / VMware Ready

Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6 64-bay Fibre Channel Storage

Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6 64-bay RAID storage manufactured by Proware is an ultra high-density 4U rackmount RAID storage solution that has two 16Gb/s Fibre Channel ports per controller and supports SAS or SATA drives. Designed to provide high density storage up to 640TB’s using 10TB drives in a compact and ultra reliable chassis that can be expanded to support 256 drives.  The 64 bay RAID storage chassis has been fully certified to work with Citrix and VMware to deliver continuous operation throughout the enterprise.

64 bay RAID storage – Provides a very low cost per GB in a ultra-high density form factor delivering over 6.4 petabytes in 42U!

Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6

Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6 Features

  • Dual Active-Active Fibre Channel RAID controllers each with 2x 16Gb/s FC ports
  • 64 drive bays supporting 6Gb/s SAS2 or SATA3 2.5″/3.5″ hard disks or SSD’s
  • DataBolt™ Bandwidth Optimiser for balance faster host and slower SAS or SATA devices
  • RAID level 0, 1,10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, 00, 100, Single Disk and JBOD
  • Supports both SAS & SATA within the same chassis
  • 1100W 80plus x 2 w/PFC
  • 15 fans ensure no drive hot spots
  • Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
  • Support HDD firmware update
  • SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
  • Support for up to 128 LUN’s
  • 5 year warranty on all parts

Suitable applications and uses

As a Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6 solution you can connect the storage to a fibre channel switch and zone multiple RAID volumes and serve them up to hosts.  Create differing storage tiers for VMware or Citrix using SSD, SAS and SATA drives of differing speeds and capacities.  Direct attach the FC LUNs to your hosts as part of a storage cluster.

  • Cloud
  • Microsoft
  • 4K post production
  • Data Backup / Archiving
  • HPC (High Performance Computing)
  • Medical Imaging
  • Geophysical
  • Scientific Research
  • Database storage for SQL / Oracle / SAP
  • Desktop / Server Virtualisation

RAID Storage System Overview

Delivering an 64 bay RAID storage solution when many comparable systems provide only 42 bays in the same 4u footprint requires an in-depth technical understanding of the cooling and power requirements of the modern day disk drive.  Proware with whom we have worked with for the past 15 years provide that understanding, service and technical know how to make it work.

Environmental monitoring

This is done by SES (SCSI Enclosure Services) and monitors the enclosure and disk environmental conditions.  From the image on the right, you can see the RJ-45 management ports on each controller.

SAS backplane

With an intelligent SAS backplane that is a cable less design provides the hot-swapping of drives, power supplies and fans ensuring continuous up-time against system or component failure.

Fibre Channel Controllers

Each Fibre Channel controller has two 16Gb/s ports to connect to your host(s) and each controller has  One 6Gb/s SAS (SFF-8644) for SAS JBOD expansion.

Supported Drives

The chassis supports all drives with a SAS-2 or SATA-3 host connection including SSD.  If you choose SATA drives then an optional MUX board will be required.  Fully supports 10TB SAS or SATA drives.  The drive caddies can also support either 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives.


With 15 fans to cool the RAID storage chassis, these again are hot swappable to aid maintenance and support.

Power Supplies

Powered by 2x 1100W PSU, the RAID storage will still run even if one fails.  Requires AC 100V ~ 240V Full Range, 15A ~ 7.5A, 47Hz ~ 63Hz.

Weights and Dimensions

880(L) x 482.6(W) x 177(H) mm, (Default Slide Rail: Post to Post 800mm~1090mm (32”~42”) / Option: Post to Post 750mm~900mm (29”~35”), weight with no disks 45Kgs.

Lifting handles provide safe handling when securing in the rack.

Proware EP-4643D2-FGS6 Configuration Options

3.5″ SATA 7.2k HDD – 4/6/8/10TB + MUX

3.5″ SAS 7.2k HDD – 4/6/8/10TB

2.5″ SATA SSD – 240/480/960/1920GB + MUX

2.5″ SAS SSD – 200/480/800/960/1600/3200/3840GB

Supported FC Controllers: ATTO Technology / Broadcom (LSI/Emulex) / Qlogic

Also supports 10k and 15k SAS / SATA drives.

Note: The MUX board is required for use with dual channel FC controllers and SATA drives.  It essentially creates two signal paths to each controller, otherwise, a SATA drive can only be seen by a single controller.

64 bay RAID Storage Chassis Configurations

As the 64 bay RAID chassis can support a number of different drives simultaneously (HDD/SSD/SAS/SATA) as well as supporting 4Kn or 512e sector sizes we pre-build and test each chassis for delivery to your site.  As it supports a huge variety of drive combinations, please call 01256 782030 or email RAID Enquiry for pricing and assistance.  If the 64 bay RAID storage is too large we can also provide 12/16/24 or 42 bay models with pricing to suit your application, budget and requirements.