AIC J2024-04 is a High Availability NVMe JBOF Appliance

AIC J2024 04 Front Three Quarter
AIC J2024 04 Front Three Quarter

We are seeing a rapid transition of SAS and SATA storage architectures to NVMe-based architectures. As part of this transition, companies like AIC are releasing solutions for more complex deployment scenarios such as high-availability head units. The AIC J2024-04 is a 2U dual-controller NVMe high-availability solution. The AIC J2024-04 can handle 24x dual port U.2 NVMe SSDs.

The AIC J2024-04’s four PCIe x16 slots connect to 4x Broadcom BCM58800 NetXtreme S-Series PCIe storage adapters. The Broadcom BCM58800 NetXtreme series combines a 100GbE NIC with high-speed (3.0 GHz) A72 ARM cores which allow it to support ultra-high performance high availability (HA) storage applications involving all-flash appliances. Using 24x NVMe SSDs and the Broadcom controllers, the AIC J2024-04 JBOF is capable of >10M IOPS of sustained NVMe over fabric (NVMeoF) performance.

AIC J2024 04 Rear
AIC J2024 04 Rear

AIC J2024-04 Key Features

Here are the key features of the AIC J2024-04:

• 2U 24-Bay NVMe All Flash Array
• Performance up to 6 times faster than SATA SSD, 3 times faster than SAS 12G SSD
• Designed for low latency and high-performance applications
• PCIe interface to support NVMe over fabrics (3rd party cards)
• Hot-swap design for easy maintenance and management
• Intelligent Enclosure Management
• Tool-less tray design

AIC J2024-04 Specs

Here is a quick spec sheet from AIC on the unit:

Number of Controller: 2
PCIe Switch: Broadcom PEX 9765
Host/Expansion Interface: Optional
Drives Supported
Drive Interface: SFF-8639
Form Factor: U.2
Administration / Management
Admin/Firmware Upgrade:
• Serial port interface
• IEM port
LED Indicators, Audible Alarm: Yes
Hot swap & Redundancy
Drive Bays: 24
Cooling: 4 x 6056 hot swap fans
Power Supply: 1300W 1+1 hot swap redundant 80+ Platinum
Power Entry: Dual AC Inlet
Controller: Dual
Electrical & Environment
Universal A/C Input:100~240V AC Full Range
Operating Environment:
Temperature : 0ºC to 35ºC
Relative humidity : 20% to 80%
Non-operating Environment:
Temperature : -20ºC to 60ºC
Relative humidity : 10% to 90%
Physical Specification
Dimensions (W x D x H):
• mm: 435 x 681 x 88
• inches: 17.1 x 26.8 x 3.5
Gross Weight (w/ PSU; w/o Rail & Disks):
• kgs: 23
• lbs: 51
Packaging Dimension (W x D x H):
• mm: 603 x 922 x 322
• inches: 23.7 x 36.3 x 12.7
• Standard: 28” tool-less rail

You can learn more about the AIC J2024-04 JBOF here.


  1. Is the RJ45 on the back of each controller a serial port? To complete the system, do you add 100Gbe NICs, Ethernet switches and does NVMeoF look similar to an iSCSI mount on various systems? I haven’t seen a complete primer on NVMeoF technology yet and how it can fit into existing architectures.


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