If you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Qlogic. I appreciate the functional simplicity of what Qlogic designs encompass as well as the “get business done” attitude that they bring to their switches, HBAs, NICs, and CNAs. Imagine my happiness, then, when I got ahold of one of their latest “edge” fibre channel switches, the SANbox 5802V. The SANbox 5802V follows the typical edge-switch formula: 20 SFP ports for either 4Gb/s SFPs or 8Gb/s SFP+, 4 stacking ports that default at 10Gb/s Fibre Channel connection and can be upgraded to 20Gb/s FC when additional bandwidth is needed, a serial and IP-based management port setup, and dual redundant power supplies (the 5802V ships with 2 PSUs; the 5800V model ships with only 1).
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In developing the Future Storage System series, I have been trying to take a part of my excitement for storage technologies and overlay them with systems/platform technology. Typically, the storage industry lags on the platform development side of the house (mostly out of necessity). So, part of looking at the Future Storage System was to take into consideration that in the basic design, some of the more current technologies could and should be used to enable “forward” thinking. That’s why you see such a heavy emphasis on Torrenza, Hypertransport, and integrated memory controllers. With the exception of Torrenza, each of the other aspects of system design have a rich history. Hypertransport, arguably, has been an outlier on the bus technology side, but it’s capabilities and industry support are unparalleled. Integrated memory controllers, while “nothing new” (DEC Alpha, anyone?) really came to the for when AMD introduced them as part of the Athlon series of processors. Today, I’d like to toss another wrinkle into the “platform meets storage” discussion by including another developing technology: the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit).
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As promised (but a little later than intended), I’m currently working on putting the AMD Opteron “Shanghai” pre-orders into the Flickerdown Store. All of the models are available for pre-order and AMD has committed to ensuring that these parts will ship in a timely manner to the channel. However, as with ANY pre-order, delivery times can and (most likely) WILL change.
To that end, I’ll be updating the Flickerdown Store (and the front page) as delivery times and availability change.