If you already have EMC stuff then you might get some nice discount off if you are willing to go for the VNX2.I've seen a 5200 a week ago that got quite big in amount of shelves so expanding shouldnt be too much of an issue assuming the SP's wont drop because of the load.
All of this can be...
I don't know about other vendors, but you can take a look at the EMC VNX series. The new VNX5200 may be an option. It does work with shelves though, but the controller enclosure already has 25 slots for 2.5" disks. They will fit various disk types, going from SSD's to larger Nearline SAS...
I have a Seasonic 2U SS460H2U psu running in my NAS in the attic but the little 60mm DELTA fan is driving me crazy.
I've been thinking about replacing it with a silent cooler but I'm worried about the amount of air these silent fans push. Do power supplies like these generally need the high...
Almost any "server with a lot of disks" or non-specific SAN is going to be cheaper than the EMC/HP/IBM/... solutions. There is a clear reason for this:
1) Everything matches. The drivers and software are tested to work on a SAN.
2) Redundancy: Almost all parts are redundant or under...
Looks like it. EMC DAE's are also installed on slides instead of the usual server rails. In general there is no need for sliding rails for shelves. Everything is done either on the front of on the back.
List price != real price ;)
EMC does give you the option for customer racking if you want to. Plenty of our customers here use that option. Obviously a Symmetrix is a nogo due to the layout.
But yeah, lets go to IBM and ask whether we can put their mainframes in customer racks instead of...
since I moved to mITX for my ESX homelab, I've been looking for a rackmountable (2U, 3U) which fits two mITX boards. The whoel deal about this is: where the h*ck are these chassis?
I live in Europe and my only source was R-vier.eu but the chassis was removed from the site after i emailed him...
Just got my new ESXi host (first of two) delivered:
- Core i5 4570S
- AsRock B85M-ITX
- Crucial 16GB DDR3
- Intel quad gigabit NIC
- 8GB stick
- PicoPSU 150W
The board is maxed at 16GB which is not that big of a deal since I'm getting two of them for VCP and other stuff. 32GB...
Really depends on what you want to do, but 4x4TB reds will give you less IOPS and MB/s than your current Norco setup. The question is how tolerant you are of disk performance.
You also can't really compare the two since the spindle setup is totally different. The syno will draw less power, but...
With the latest Haswell release, you can easily hit 30W idle per host. An i5 4570S has low power usage while still maintaining the virtual goodies. The trick is in the spindles as Grentz already mentioned. You didnt mention storage so I guess its going to be NAS/SAN?
I am EMC :P. This is a view form our own lab. I don't have any pictures from before the cleanup, but boy was that a mess. Needless to say that we don't really care THAT much about structured cabling best practices. A lot of stuff comes and goes so no point in spending hours in something that'll...
Some pics from the lab (click for 1600x1200):
Installed it last week. can you guess what product? ;)
some VNX love (with messy cabling)
My biggest "love" around the block: Avamar Gen4 grid with a Media Access node on top.
Also a backup software. Any guess?
24 drives will be loud in a living room, no matter how low the fanspeed is. Either you place it in another room and find some way to remote control it from your couch, or you build a HTPC.
It's also a PITA to stow away in a living room most of the times. Rackmounts are too deep for any closet.
How about the bigger sized Synology's? Enclosures like the 2413 and 1812 can house a lot of disks, can be expanded and sport a very user-friendly GUI.
If you really want to DIY, get a Norco 24bay, Supermicro motherboard, Xeon CPU, a lot of RAMz and start the game with ZFS. ZFSguru for example...
I absolutely LOVE my HP 1810 procurve. The GUI isn't the prettiest but it gets stuff done. Just watch out with running NFS in combination with the auto-DOS security on firmware P2.2. The switch becomes a big black hole and just drops all NFS packets, cifs and others are untouched.
Oh, and its...
Oh the amount of customers who never test there backup environment. As you have experienced, testing and making sure your backup is actually good is at least as important as taking the backup itself.
A backup is not a backup if you cannot restore it, then it's just a high blood pressure trigger.
Afaik there are no 3TB slimmies yet. Maybe there are enclosures around that can hold 2 2.5" disks, but you'll need an extra USB header for the power for sure.
(Or buy 2 2TB ones and glue them together, strap the cables together et voila: DIY ghetto 4TB).
Before asking questions I'll draw the picture first:
We recently cleaned up the mess that is called our datacenter and it hsa been running clean now since August. It is mostly used for testing, playing around and some occasional local production servers. We have around 16 racks...
Love this with FC on big Cisco 9500's when you need to replace the bottom card and just can't reach it. ... NOT.
Picking up a dell 2U server from a friend and probably going to run avamar on it (untill the grace period runs out :() so pictures soon!
Pretty much the common options right now:
- Not really a fan of Seagate but that's personal.
- Different platter sizes in the same version.
- Have 2 1TB WD10EADS running in my Syno without issues for years now.
- Appear to be of worse quality since a few...
It will just give you more time in between cleaning sessions like Bex said. My norco's are in a rack in the attic and the amount of dust is just *ugh*. Unless you run a datacenter in your house, dust will be present :P.
I'd love to see a short 1U rackmountable from Norco. I think it will fit...
At the moment my home lab consist of 1 ESX host and 1 diy NAS box with an IP network in between. I'm planning on expanding the host/storage side for training/testing purposes and I'm eyeballing the FC world.
The problem is that I can't really find myself a good FC switch for...
The drives perform equally. the scale is just down because of the bursts that are high in the first one. there will always be a few MB's difference between disks. Hell, there is even difference on the same disk between scans.
So, time for pictures! (clickable thumbs)
As I told earlier, I got myself a quad NIC from Ebay: An IBM branded Intel PRO/1000PT (39Y6138 IBM FRU). Picked it up at the office Friday and got some time to get something done:
The full size bracket wouldn't fit in a 2U server, but no panick!