From: John P . Looney (valen at domain tuatha.org)
Date: Wed 29 Sep 1999 - 10:07:36 IST
On Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 09:28:06AM +0100, Vincent Cunniffe mentioned:
> > Odd. One of our E10000's has has six disk failures in two days...the raid
> > arrays ran out of hot-spares. Of course it does have near nine hundred
> > drives, so you expect a few to fail...
> *shakes head*
> Sorry, I could have sworn you said 900 drives.
> How silly of me.
> 900 DRIVES?!?!????
> How much space in total?
Dunno, I could be exaggerating a bit :) The newer cabinets you get from
Sun have space for eight "photon" arrays. I think a photon array has 22 9.1
or 18.2 GB 10000RPM disks, each with a wee Ultra2-scsi connector, on it.
Then, each photon has a fibre cable coming out the back, into a
concentrator at the top of the cabinet, which feeds to a beast of a
machine. They cabinets are quite pretty. When you take the doors off, you
see 88 little flashing lights blinking at you. It's like a cybernetic
christmas tree. And the same around the back of the cabinet.
22*8*9.1 gives about 1.6TB of storage. There are three cabinets, and a few
small ones with disk arrays that just house boot disks. Suppose it's the
best part of 5TB in total - there are three cabinets off one of the
machines. And no, it's not used for storing MP3s.
-- Microsoft. The best reason in the world to drink beer.
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