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Sata Beast

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Apexes, May 20, 2011.

  1. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

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    Anybody use these at work?

    We had one delivered here last week.. i've never used one before, but this thing is an absolute animal, but also - very clever.

    42 x 1tb drives - after partitions - around around 30-32tb - but it actively shuts down disks that aren't being used if no data is being accessed - and arranges files into "tiers" depending on how often they're used.

    I'm currently reading up on it and how the file system works, but it seems quite nifty, does anyone have any experience using these?

    You can hear the thing about 10m away from the server room and every time walk past i'm scared it'll suck me in with the amount of air it takes into it lol.

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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Does it support Intelligent File Tiering and mixed SSD / HDD configurations ?
     
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  3. alexdc12

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    thats a beast alright!
     
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  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I have used Nexxan products in the past, as a cheap and cheerful filer it's not bad (and I use cheap in the NetApp\EMC comparison market)
     
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  5. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

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    dmarsh - i think so, after 6 months if files havn't been used it moves them to a different hard drive that doesn't get powered on, if it does need them it has to wait a few seconds for it to power up.

    Seems a good way of saving power and not using disks it doesn't need to - not sure about SSD however, we've got the 42 1tb hdd's in at the moment.

    Still reading up material on it! :D
     
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  6. westernkings

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    Holy ****. Check that bad boy out!!. How much did it set you back? and what are you storing on it that you need that much capacity? does it support SAS drives?
     
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  7. UKDarkstar
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    Scary stuff ! I assume you run your own nuclear reactor to power it ? ! ;)
     
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  8. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

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    WK - i think they go for about 25k new, which is fairly cheap as a filer - but we picked it up a year old from another site which wasn't using it anymore.

    We're housing backups on there mainly, which totals around 18tb, no idea with SAS, i've just flown back out to Berlin for another 3 weeks, so havn't had a chance to look at it as much as i'd of liked to yet, but will check it out more when i get back.

    Loud as **** though - can hear the thing through 3 doors

    lol UKD - could probs do with one
     
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