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Feb 18

New and insteresting things in the 50micron world….

n1192455322_30350230_1582There comes a time in every geek’s life….

A look of wonder crossing his face….

A new toy, a new project, a new endeavour….

A beloved wife saying something along the lines of “You bring that damned thing in here and I swear to god…”

This is one of those times.

Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be moving 50micron.com and it’s assorted supporting systems off of the “OLD” storage (the 8 year old Dell PowerVaults I’ve been running on) and moving to a brand new (for me) NS500..

Now a few things I plan on making happen.  This NS500 will become an NS500G and CX500, because there is no way in hell I’m going to continue to live with a captured back-end when there is so much fibrechannel storage to be had, just out of reach..  (No iSCSI in this household, period, end of discussion)

Almost 9TB of storage, between the rack of 73G drives (pictured, sitting on top of the NAS) and the rack of 500G SATA disks (not pictured, too heavy for the bakers rack it’s all sitting on right now.)

Ohboyohboyohboyohboy.  This is the kind of thing real geeks live for.

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  1. Dave

    What does the Power calculator say it’s gonna cost you to run it? That is the thing that keeps me at arms distance….

  2. Jesse

    Heh heh – I gave it the thought, but didn’t really go through much in the way of power. (Heat dissapation is *MUCH* lower than the racks and racks of 36g drives, I guess I assumed power was going to be the same)

    What I’m planning on replacing with this:

    2x Dell PowerEdge Servers (One linux/NFS, one Windows/CIFS)
    3x 15x36G Fibre Arrays.
    1x 4 Drive SATA/eSATA array.

    According to the power calculator this is going to cost about $250/month to run. Given that I’m spending at least that + the fact that I’m popping drives like popcorn on the dells, this seems the better option. (And more fun too!)

  3. dan

    Awww yeah!! 🙂

  4. Jesse

    Truthfully I’d rather have a Symm….but that only comes after I buy my wife that beach-house in barbados…

  5. william bishop

    250$ a month to run?!?! Yikes. My whole house doesn’t cost that much to run on power.

  6. Dave

    Symm is overrated for cooling, but as a heater, there are not many better!

  7. Jesse

    William – LOL – The company rents this room from me – the added power bill is included in the rent. It’s still cheaper than paying someone else to host my stuff. 😉

    Dave – Yes, and the Symm also takes care of pesky problems with silence you might be experiencing.

  8. william bishop

    Still bro, you know the admins law…doesn’t matter how many spindles, how fast your servers, it all gets constrained at your external connection!

    Naughty, you know (and hopefully your wife doesn’t), that you could set up a single box with 2 or 3 hard drives and push the site….

    Now, that said–Let me go look and see if newegg has shipped my parts for the new I7 monster system I’m building just so I can browse the internet 1/1000th faster….

  9. Jesse

    William – Bite your tongue.

    I get 30MB downstream, 6MB Upstream.

    I got it more for the backup than anything else. 😉 That and the shared backend for VMWare HA / DRS, and because it’s fun, and because it gives me experience with things, and gives me a test platform for trying new stuff.

    And have I mentioned it’s fun? 🙂

  10. Jesse

    Oh, power calculator was *WAY* off, something to do with the fact that electricity is half as expensive as the default that EMC plugs into the calc.

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