Life with Qlogic’s 5802V: Part 1

by dave on October 21, 2009

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).

SANbox 5802V

SANbox 5802V

[click to continue…]



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).

[click to continue…]



AMD Opteron Pre-Orders : Shanghai!!!

by dave on November 1, 2008

Image representing Advanced Micro Devices as d...

Image via CrunchBase

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.

Happy November!!!!


Dave Graham

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

{ 1 comment }

AMD “Shanghai” Processor Pre-orders coming!

October 27, 2008

Coming soon, I’ll be starting to process pre-orders for AMD‘s new “Shanghai” series processors.
For a quick reference list, see the following PDF.
AMD Shanghai 27xx/28xx Processor Line Card
I’ll have a price list up shortly and purchasing options!

<br />

Servers for Sale!

October 20, 2008

From time to time, I like to clean out some of the “older” hardware lying around the lab.  So, for your perusal today, I’ve got 3 servers that are going to be up for grabs (complete with the requisite Paypal/GoogleCheckout links).  Click on through to see the descriptions and pricing.
Note:  Each of these servers has […]

<br />