3U COTS COTS NVMe RAID Flash Storage Array - Cheetah RAID PCI-e and Rugged RAID Storage
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3U COTS COTS NVMe RAID Flash Storage Array

3U COTS COTS NVMe RAID Flash Storage Array
Has 32 ioScale modules in four individually removable sleds

The Cheetah Flash Storage Array provides 153.6TB+ Flash storage using enterprise Flash from major PCIE manufacturers. The FSA cables to one to four host computers through PCIe x16 Gen3 connections operating at 128Gb/s bandwidth (or 40GBs total). The low-profile, half-length cable adapters support low latency and extreme bandwidth to the NVMe Flash Memory Cards. The small footprint, removable sleds and light weight allows easy one-person installation in data centers, airborne ISR platforms, mobile shelters and portable transit cases. The 3U x 18” x 3.4” memory sleds fit easily into an available roll-aboard style locking transportation case or standard data safe to protect your investment and your data in highly secure environments.


  • 3U High
  • Four removable canisters with eight flash memory cards each
  • Fully IPMI v2.0 compliant monitoring, control & alarming system
  • Two 1,200-watt rear removable, hot-swap supplies
  • Superior Cooling with four 80 x 80 x 38mm fans on the rear of the enclosure
  • Up to four PCIe x16 cable inputs to rear of enclosure
Specifications and Related Documents



  • Dimensions: 17″W x 5.25″ H x 24″0
  • Supports 32 half-length, full-height, single-slot PCIe x16 NAND FLASH boards
  • All 32 boards face the front of the chassis with the front 16 NAND flash boards having I/O bracket access and the rear 16 boards do not have I/O bracket access
  • Removable front bezel with air filter (can be customized for special 1/0 bracket access)
  • Front panel LEDs
  • Four rear pan el PCIe x16 Gen3 cable interfaces
  • 4 removable rear fans behind a single fan bezel
  • Weight: 52 lbs when fully loaded with 32 NANO Flash boards

Main Backplane

  • Four PCIe x16 cable inputs to rear of enclosure
  • Four PCIe x16 high-density connectors to each canister
  • 1x PLX PEX 8796 and 2 x PLX PEX 8749 PCIe 3.0 switches manage PCIe cross connects from cables to canisters
  • 2x RJ45 connectors for IPMI v2.0 System Monitor
  • 1x HD DB-9 serial port for IPMI network configuration
  • Optional RJ45 for basic SYSMON2 chassis monitor (not required when using IPMI System Monitor)
  • Supports bus-bar power distribution to the canisters through 8 high-power bladed connectors (2 per canister)
  • On board IPMI System Monitor & SYSMON2 connectors

Center Backplane

  • 8x PCIe 3.0 slots in 2 ranks of 4 each. 2 slots are x16, 6 slots are x8
  • All x8 connectors are “open back’1 style. All but rear slot 4 can support xl 6 physical cards in the x8 connector
  • 1x 8-Pin 12V power connectors for AUX power cables
  • PLX PEX 8796 PCIe 3.0 switch


  • 1200W redundant power subsystem
  • Two 1,200-watt rear removable, hot-swap supplies
  • Each supply measures 1 U (1.65’1 x 3.3’1 x 10.6″
  • 1+1 redundant with full current sharing operation
  • +12V and +5Vsby voltage outputs
  • All +12V power rails shared on copper bus bar delivery system

AC Input Version

  • 1,200W each at 90-264 VAC, 15A max input
  • Operates with 1+1 redundancy
  • IEC C14 power input at rear on each supply with optional power cord retention clip

-48V nominal DC Input Version

  • 1,200W each at -45 to -60 VDC, 40A max input
  • Operates with 1+1 redundancy at this voltage input range
  • Molex terminal block input on each supply

Low Voltage DC Input Version

  • 450W each at -28 to -36 VDC, 22A max input
  • Operates with no redundancy at this voltage input range
  • Molex terminal block input on each supply
  • Fully loaded 32-NAND Flash chassis draws approximately 900W typical.
  • Inquire about our 4U chassis if more power is required.

Power Cords

  • 110V power cord for PDUs and Wall receptacles
  • CRS Part number: CRS-CBL-PWR-5-15-C13-15A-6
  • NEMA 5-15 to IEC C13, Straight, 14AWG, 15A, 6′
  • 240V power cord for PDUs
  • CRS Part number: CRS-CBL-PWR-C14-C13-15A-6
  • IEC C14 to IEC C13, Straight, 14AWG, 15A, 6′
  • 240V power cord for US Wall receptacles
  • CRS Part number: CRS-CBL-PWR-6-15-C13-15A-6
  • NEMA 6-15 to IEC C13, Straight, 14AWG, 15A, 6′

System Monitoring

Fully IPMI v2.0 compliant monitoring, control & alarming system


  • Monitors inlet & exhaust temps
  • Fan speed auto adjusts by temp
  • Alarm set-points for over temp


  • Monitors all system fan tachometers
  • Pulse Width Modulation fan speed control
  • Alarms for slow or failed fans


  • Monitors supply telemetry
  • Monitors output voltage rails
  • Alarms for voltages out of range
  • Alarms for supply failure

Add-in Cards

  • Optionally monitors add-in card I2C SM bus (if used)
  • Optional Alarms for abnormal card telemetry


  • Command Line Interface or web Graphical User Interface
  • Supports SNMP and RCMP+ external interfaces
  • Remote chassis and canister LED tagging

Air Filter

  • 30 ppi open cell polyfoam (other ppi ratings available)
  • Die-cut, removable and replaceable


  • Four 80 x 80 x 38mm fans on the rear of the enclosure
  • All fans are 143CFM each in pull-through configuration
  • All fans PWM monitored and speed controlled by the IPMI system monitor
  • Rear fans hot-swap from rear of the chassis after removing fan bezel
  • Power supplies separately cooled from internal 25mm fans

Operating Environmental

  • Temperature range:
    • Operating: 10°-35°C
    • Storage: -40°- 85°C
  • Humidity range:
    • Operating: 20% to 80% relative (non-condensing)
    • Non-operating: 5% to 95% relative (non-condensing)
  • Altitude range:
    • Operating: 0 to 10,000 ft.
    • Storage: 0 to 50,000 ft.

Agency Compliance

Designed to meet the following agency certifications with testing currently pending:

  • FCC – Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A, 47CFR
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A UL/IEC 60950-1
  • Canada: CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1
  • Argentina: IEC60950-1
  • Japan: VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, CISPR 24, Class A
  • CE Emissions 2004-108EC
  • RoHS compliance (Directive 2002/95/EC)

Designed to Meet the Following Agency Requirements:

a) EMI: FCC Class A & CE
b) Safety: CE, CUL and UL

Designed to Meet MIL-STD 810G Environmental Standards:

a) Test Method 500.5 Low Pressure (Altitude) – Procedure I & II, 3,300m (10,000ft) 10m/s rate
b) Test Method 501.5 High Temperature – Procedure I @ 70°C, II @ 65°C & III (without cards installed)
c) Test Method 502.5 Low Temperature – Procedure I & II @ 0°C (without cards installed)
d) Test Method 503.5 Temperature Shock – Procedure I A-C 10°C/min
e) Test Method 506.5 Rain – Procedure I 1.7mm/min and III 280 l/m2/hr (for canisters stored in Pelican cases only using Pelican’s test data)
f) Test Method 507.5 Humidity – Procedure I & II to 90% RH
g) Test Method 508.6 Fungus – No carbon containing materials
h) Test Method 509.5 Salt Fog – Available non-operating with conformal coated option of product (without add-in cards)
i) Test Method 510.5 Sand and Dust – Procedure I for entire system operating and Procedure II for canisters in Pelican case non-operating only
j) Test Method 511.5 Explosive Atmosphere – Procedure I for canisters in Pelican case, nonoperating only
k) Test Method 512.5 Immersion – Procedure I & II for canisters in Pelican case, non-operating only
l) Test Method 513.6 Acceleration – Procedure I, II and III (all other items) for Aircraft
m) Test Method 514.6 Vibration – Category 13 Procedure I & II 10-2000Hz 0.3g2/Hz
n) Test Method 515.6 Acoustic Noise – Procedure I, II & III 130dB for 30 min
o) Test Method 516.6 Shock – Procedure I 20g & IV (canisters in Pelican case) 20g, 5-2000Hz at 23ms duration (without cards installed)
p) Test Method 520.3 Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, and Altitude – Procedure III to limit above