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    @sahmepee: List price is £7.5k IIRC. I have configured my 7110 so that it has 1.4TB of usable storage. The promised 'firmware' patch will allow me to plug in JBOD units (like in the video) to expand the storage further.

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    Cheers Ric, that's interesting info. If you have all 16 disks in use it looks like you have quite a lot of redundany.

    For what I'm after (a mixture of file and video storage with disk-based backup in a different building) I'm not sure SAS disks are really an option. They're certainly not the most cost-effective one as my purposes don't need absolutely breakneck speed, but do need relatively large capacity. The SAN I bought last year does have the option of mixing SAS and SATA, but for now it's only got SATA disks in it.

    If anyone is interested in a less expensive option, this is the model I went with:

    AC&NC - JetStor SATA RAID Array Model 416iS | Serial ATA 16-bay iSCSI RAID

    I think it can take disks bigger than 1TB now, but those were the biggest disks with enterprise models available at the time.

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    Guys,

    they have just been released under Matching Grant.

    £8600 for a pair, or £4300 for 1 if you buy 2 X86 servers in the same order.

    Feedback we are getting from units already supplied is very very good indeed.

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    @ Ric, do you have this unit setup on it's own VLAN. We have just purchaced one and now need to start thinking about a new switch to place between it and some of our servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    @ Ric, do you have this unit setup on it's own VLAN. We have just purchaced one and now need to start thinking about a new switch to place between it and some of our servers.
    It entirely depends on how you use the box. I am waiting for my new budget to be released to finish off properly but the set up will be the following (at least initally):
    • 2x NICs trunked in a VLAN for iSCSI
    • 2x NICs trunked in a VLAN for CIFs/NFS traffic
    • A third VLAN for replication traffic between two 7110s - not sure how to implemenmt this yet (at the moment I am using a schedule out of hours to reduce traffic on the VLAN used for CIFs/NFS)


    I will then use CIFs to pull the data off onto LTO3 tape (a Sun SL24 Tape Library via a Sun Fire v20z).

    As we speak I am playing with/breaking LACP port trunking so it's all good

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    A tape loader as well lucky you, I'll have to see if the budget can stretch to that.

    Are you using the SUN units to hold virtual hosts as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    A tape loader as well lucky you, I'll have to see if the budget can stretch to that.
    It didn't cost all that much to be honest and my old Tandberg LTO2 autoloader was just too small.

    Are you using the SUN units to hold virtual hosts as well?
    Once I un-break them

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    Once I un-break them
    Oooops

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    Hey Ric did you get my PM?

    Cheers

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    Well, went live with two of these babies on Monday. Currently running the main network shares off them and they are hardly breaking into a sweat, really performing well. Analytics on them is really usefull, especially the drill down.

    Initial setup was very easy, but there are a few gotcha's at the moment which will hopefully be fixed in the next software release.

    Biggest problem has been when copying files over with robocopy where you want to retain the ownership secuirty. At present if you start copying from the root of the share with the /COPYALL option then the ownership will not copy across properly. The only way round this is to manually create the top level folder, set their permissions and then use robocopy to copy into these folders. Aparently being fixed soon.

    The other fun one was a problem with HP switches, where you set up link agregation and lose all connection to the sun box. A firmware update on the switches fixed this, so not really a problem with the Sun boxes.

    Overall, very impressed and also very impressed with The Cutter Project who supplied them, great guys.

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    @teejay: Sounds like your experience was exactly the same as mine!

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    To be honest, I was expecting more problems than I had as it's very much a version 1 product.
    Have you tried the iSCSI side of things yet? Not really touched that as there was such an urgent need for more storage space for the network shares that I have had to concentrate on getting those up.
    My intention is if these work as well as they appear to is to get two more when the 4TB version comes out and a couple of JBOD units for all the storage and use the two existing ones for iSCSI stuff.

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    @ Ric_ and teejay, what switches are you using between your SAN and servers?

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    I don't have them set up as a SAN but as NAS devices, so they are plugged straight into our header switches, HP Procurve 5406zl's.

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    I'm using mine for iSCSI, CIFS and NFS... I don't do things by halves

    Procurve for me too - the 2510G on the main one and a 4104gl on the second. I'm using LACP port aggregation - oh the fun I had before updating the 7110s firmware!

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