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Video: Dell R610 Overview in Lab

by dave on January 14, 2010

I figured I’d start the year off right and give all of you a bit of an overview on the Dell R610 hardware that I use in my test and development work.  Got 6 of these guys in the other day so, I shot a quick video overview of the hardware and specs for you to take a look at.

I don’t mention the HBAs or CNAs that I use (Brocade, Emulex, and Qlogic) because it does vary a bit depending on the loadout that I’m working with.  Common denominator to everything, though, is VMware ESX4i.

If there’s anything else you want me to provide an overview on, please let me know!



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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

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Moving from Block to Cloud: Emulex E3S

by dave on June 18, 2009

It’s not often that I get excited about technology within the storage space. There are notables, of course, mostly that take my love for high bandwidth interconnects (e.g. Infiniband, Rapid I/O) and mash them up with high-speed storage (EFDs, Fusion-IO). That being said, when it comes to the cloud, I’m absolutely estatic when off-the-shelf components can be utilized to get your data from the realm of block-based storage into the cloud-esque realm of object-based storage. Today, we’ll do a quick high level overview of one such technology gives you the freedom of moving from block to cloud (and back).

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Is FCoE a viable option for SMB/Commercial?

October 14, 2008

Since I work in the SMB/Commercial space as a TC, I routintely am exposed to mixed fabric environments.  With the advent of iSCSI, we’ve seen a proportional shift towards iSCSI as a reduced-cost block storage fabric.  Legacy (2Gb/s) fibre still has presence in specific markets but the uptake of 4Gb/s fibre has […]

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