Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Icy Dock Unveils ToughArmor MB993SK-B Space-Saving Enclosure

As generation progresses, more and more advanced computer technologies are constantly improving. These improvements include maximizing enhanced functions in smaller and compact packages. This is why 2.5" solid state drives and hard drives are becoming more popular due to its low power consumption and space-saving benefits, which are superior to 3.5" SATA hard drives in almost every category. Combine with the extra bandwidth of the SSDs and the raw power of the processors; enterprises are able to accelerate their project-development process more efficiently. Since 2.5" SSDs and HDDs have smaller storage capacities compared to 3.5" hard drives, maximizing the storage density in limited spaces have become the most important task for many storage consulting firms; a task they often encounters.

The ToughArmor MB993SK-B is designed specifically for systems with storage space limitations by fitting 3 x 2.5" SSD / HDD into a single 3.5" front device bay, maximizing the entire space of 3.5" device bay. On top of that, the MB993SK-B is built with heavy duty full metal construction which is commercially suitable for medical & military systems, government agencies, Industrial PCs, SMB workstations, VM workstations, mobile DVR systems, aerospace computers, automation systems and embedded systems.

Complete Space Saver & Functionality
Utilizing its small form factor, The MB99SK-B is perfect for use in industrial PCs, SMB SFF servers, mobile DVR systems, or even home servers. The ability to house 3 x SATA SSD or HDD in a single 3.5" front device bay makes it a valuable asset, as several different configurations can be implemented. With three drives, users can access all drives individually, making a perfect solution for systems that are constantly swapping between multiple OS drives or simply for storage in a small space. Moreover, in a system with three drives, it is ideal to have RAID 5 setup to achieve its fast performance along with data protection or use two drives for RAID 1 mirror data-protection and RAID 0 for doubling the transfer speed. The remaining third drive can be assigned as stationary OS drive or an extra hot-swappable bay. To keep cables from cluttering, a single SATA 4 power pin is used to ease installation. Save as much as space while maintaining the speed and maximizing the functionalities in a limited space, which is the beauty of the MB993SK-B.

Protect your Investments
Making sure your drives are in good hands and lasting as long as possible is carefully considered to any enterprise build and design. The MB993SK-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environments, with the heavy duty metal construction in the entirety of the body and its smaller components. It can be used in various systems including: military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. With the full metal design, the ToughArmor is perfect for industrial and medical devices that may require a flammability rating.

In order to fit three drives in a compact 3.5" device bay is challenging, the MB993SK-B is able to overcome this difficulty by carefully designing the EZ Slide Slim tray. With its durable and slim design, the trays are built with robust solid metal frames to securely mount and protect 7mm height HDD/SSD, creating a reliable 2.5" hot swap bay for any standard SATA hard drives and SSDs. The EZ Slide Slim trays make drive interchangeability experience and maintenance completely hassle free.

The metal material used grants heat dissipation transfer from the hard drives to the mobile rack. Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) effectively routes air flow correctly for excellent passive cooling, via ventilation slots on the front, rear, top and bottom (in multiple locations). Lastly, Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) and EMI Grounding are used to provide a stable environment for the hard drives or SSD's used to perform at its best.

The easy to read front LED indicators will indicate when a drive is ejected (no light), accessed (green), or has failed (red). Active Power Technology (APT) allows each drive LED to be on only when a hard drive is inserted into the enclosure. For drive security, the eagle-hook lock system on the tray makes sure your hard drives will not eject when not needed. Additionally, the 2 segment key lock provides extra protection to any physical theft of the hard drives, securing from any open and grab.

Key Features:
  • Suggested applications in medical & military systems, government agencies, Industrial PC, SMB workstation, VM workstation, mobile DVR system, aerospace computer, automation system and embedded system.
  • Full Metal construction, perfect for rugged applications and complies with flammability requirement
  • Fits 3 x 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD in a 3.5" floppy drive bay.
  • Supports SAS or SATA HDD/SSD at 6Gbps and is backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps drives and hosts (SAS host is required for SAS drives - Single SAS channel
  • Removable tray system for easy maintenance.
  • Supports SATA 6Gbps and hot swap.
  • Single floppy 4 Pin to power entire device.
  • Individual LED indicators
  • Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) - provides excellent passive cooling.
  • Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) - creates a safe environment for hard drives or SSD
  • Active Power Technology (APT) - individual led only powers up if there is drive installed in each bay.
  • EMI Grounding - protects hard drives from electrical damage.
  • Eagle-hook lock system & 2-segment safeguard key lock keeps drives secure within the enclosure.
  • EMI Grounding - protects hard drives from electrical damage.
  • Supports SAS and SATA power cables with locking latch design
  • Limited 3 year warranty to complement the typical warranty of a hard drive.
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2 Comments on Icy Dock Unveils ToughArmor MB993SK-B Space-Saving Enclosure

#1
ironwolf
4-pin floppy connector for power? Seems a bit odd to use that. o_O
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#2
ypsylon
Yes floppy power is thing of the past, but still 3x2.5" drives inside 3.5" space that doesn't leave enough space for power connector. You have to take into account backplate power routing which is easier to do for floppy power than sata power (not to mention 4 pin molex *cough*) in such limited frame.

In general I love Tough Armor (built like panzer-tank) series, but there is one tiny issue of over miniaturization of things. With 8 bay model and 7mm SSDs you will still need to use a bit forceful persuasion to get [some] drives inside the cage (tolerances are paper thin).
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