Easily Manage Sixteen High Speed PCIe Cards Attached to
Multiple Servers with ExpressBox 16 Smart
SAN DIEGO, May 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma, an innovative and
visionary developer of PCI Express(R) expansion products, announces
immediate availability of its first 'Smart Expansion' product,
ExpressBox 16 Smart. Magma's Smart Expansion line of products unlocks
advanced manageability and accessibility features of onboard PCI
Express switch silicon allowing remote monitoring and easy management
of I/O resources across multiple servers attached to one Magma
The benefits of using 'outside the box' expansion solutions for
increasing I/O capacity, saving space and conserving power is a key
component in server centric environments. IT professionals need the
ability to monitor the I/O subsystem to ensure smooth and seamless
operation. Specifically designed for mission critical environments,
ExpressBox 16 Smart utilizes Magma's new Express I/O Manager(TM)
software utility to notify the IT manager of any critical component
failure in the expansion chassis. The status of critical components
such as power, temperature, fan speed, and PCI Express links on
individual slots can be easily managed remotely over an Ethernet link
and/or integrated with an existing SNMP agent on the network.
ExpressBox 16 attaches to the computer through a x8 or x16 PCIe card
that extends PCI Express signals over a high-bandwidth cable to sixteen
(16) PCIe slots in the external rack-mount enclosure. The PCIe slots
can be individually partitioned between multiple servers through
Magma's Express I/O Manager software utility.
"PCI Express has matured tremendously since the early days of PCI to a
sophisticated outside the box interconnect protocol", says Randy Jones,
CEO and President at Magma. "ExpressBox 16 Smart unleashes the complex
features in today's PCI Express switch technology and brings to market
the industry's first multi-host expansion solution with remote
management and accessibility features required in mission critical
environments. With a connection speed up to 80 gigabits per second,
ExpressBox 16 Smart is an ideal solution for cloud computing, remote
services management and data centers."
ExpressBox 16 Smart is designed around a heavy-duty 4U rack-mount
enclosure containing sixteen (16) PCIe slots and a choice of two
interconnect links, x8 or x16, over a rugged 3 meter iPass cable.
-- EB16-SX8 provides fourteen x8 slots and two x16 slots with a choice of
850W, 1700W or 850W redundant power supply The customer chooses either a
x8 or x16 PCIe connection for up to four server connections:
-- PCIe Gen2 x8 host adapter and cable (40Gbps)
-- PCIe Gen2 x16 host adapter and cable (80Gbps)
Pricing and Availability
ExpressBox 16 Smart starts at $7000 and is available online at Magma or
any authorized channel partner.
Magma develops and manufactures PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for
servers, desktops and portable platforms. Magma's expansion products
extend your system's PCI and PCI Express outside the computer over
cable to a chassis containing additional card slots. Magma's ExpressBox
line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging
from low-end single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, highly
reliable, available and serviceable (RAS) chassis specifically designed
for mission critical environments. Magma is dedicated to providing rock
solid expansion products for the most demanding configurations. As new
interconnect protocols become available, Magma will continue its
leadership position at the forefront of expansion technology
Magma products are platform independent, and are used in a variety of
industries including audio and video production, test and measurement,
medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense,
telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing.
Magma's team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and
connectivity solutions since 1987. Magma products are assembled in San
Diego, CA and go through rigorous certification and quality processes.
Magma is the trade name of Mission Technology Group, Inc.
For more information about our company or products, call (800) 285-8990
or (858) 530-2511 or visit our website at www.magma.com.
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