StorageReview Test Center
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:43 AM
As some of you guys have seen, we have been expanding the StorageReview Test Center at a near exponential rate since we acquired the site over two years ago. Kind of interesting starting off with a Dell XPS 9000 as the go-to testing platform and comparing that to where we are today. Going forward enterprise testing will be the main focus, scaling back on the consumer side. In the enterprise testing space, we have some interesting equipment either inbound or being setup right now which will be a part of the StorageReview Data Center. Still working out the electrical needs, which will be around 50-100A 240V, but we will be supporting 42U of rackspace initially, with space for 2-3 additional racks in this first lab. It goes without saying that this is a fun transition for us, especially as the gear we review transitions from single SSDs or hard drives to blade server/NAS appliances like the HP X5000 G2 that came in this week.
I am also going to be updating our equipment list that was so painfully out of date over the next few days.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:05 PM
Wrapped up today starting a new round of lab tests and got a good chunk of our gear into the rack. Still need to do a ton of cable management, install the 240V line to power one of the HP servers since we are close to maxing that wall outlet... but got it just about ready for the next inbound shipment of servers and lab gear.
Items in the picture:
Eaton S-Series Rack
Eaton 5PX UPS w/ additional battery unit
HP X5000 G2
Two Lenovo ThinkServer RD240's
Mellanox SX1036 36-port 40GbE switch
Whole bunch of wires (need to bring in a spool of cat6 next week and get some proper cabling)
Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:08 AM
Very impressive. That is quite a setup. Though it looks a little lonely. I suggest asking for another rack + stuff to fill it up with...or maybe just a picture on the wall.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:53 AM
Yea I completely understand that. We will be expanding the room out slightly with some additional gear and a lab bench next week. While it might be cool to use that room as an office next to all that equipment, in practice we chose a basement room on the far side of our building for a reason.... I don't want to be deaf. My main office and business gear is still upstairs in more pleasant conditions. As that room expands as we need more equipment space the rack will be joined by a few more. Electrical and cooling needs will be overbuilt to cope with probably 4 racks total.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:13 PM
I'm still not sure what exactly you guys are planning to test, since I don't exactly see a server/client setup or any traffic generators...
Are you guys aiming for an Anandtech-style client/server backend for heavy server loads? Piping lots of network traffic over 40G (but with what additional equipment if so?)?
And no you can't have any of my Smartbits.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:02 PM
Actually right now the equipment on hand is convertible between hardware-testing on a local level to traffic generating in a cluster configuration. In a sense the RD240's would be used for load-generating/client side when testing larger combined appliances. On an upcoming HP X5000 review, the RD240's load the twin-blade/DAS array. As we add in more equipment (next-gen Lenovo platforms for example) older systems take the client role, newer systems take the server role, and we start testing larger DA appliances. We are designing the lab to handle everything storage, using networking and compute hardware, but keeping the storage focus.
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