"High" performing storage

By | July 14, 2007

There’s a really interesting question posted on the HDS storage forums asking whether or not anyone has experience installing an AMS500 at 4,000 meters above sea level.  The manual specifies 3,300 metres but apparently there are some HP EVA’s running at 4,000 metres.  "Cool" Wink

Sounds like one of those HP XP storage videos where they either fire bullets through the XP or blow it up with explosives.  May be the next video will feature and XP installed and running on top of Everest during a snow storm.  I wonder if a fully loaded, operating under heavy load, XP would generate enough heat to maintain itself up there??

Anyway, it made me think of all the exotic and cool places that I’ve installed and worked with storage….  which actually took me less time than it takes a Barry Burke to pick up on a typo in one of Hu’s posts (pretty damn quick).  Basically bog-standard run of the mill machine rooms are all I have to boast about so far.  But I’ve worked with some luckier people who have worked with Unix and storage in some of the following locations –

•    Remote parts of Russia under communism

•    At sea on oil exploration ships

•    War zones

•    US fighter jets (Decru) and UK Army Land Rovers

•    Underground military bunkers with huge piles of rubble on top that supposedly fall in and seal the bunkers (including all personnel) in the event of chemical leaks….

As for the original question on the forum.  Knowing Hitachi storage, I fancy that the AMS will probably do just fine at that altitude.  I’m not so sure about the installation engineers though 😉

Feel free to let us all know any weird and wonderful places that you’ve worked with storage!


2 thoughts on “"High" performing storage

  1. stephen2615

    I did some work on a Army tactical heavy landing ship once.  It was a very big cat so it probably was relatively stable which is why they threw all those systems into it.  All the racks were mounted on rubber feet to take the shock and vibration. 
    I seriously doubt that most storage arrays can handle being on warships as I saw some horrendous weather while I was in the NAVY.  Nothing more fun than the ship falling down the face of a 20 metre wave and then wondering if it will make it up the next wave.  The ship tends to have this horrible shudder at the bottom of huge waves that must do lots for high tech equipment.   When you can’t walk two steps without slamming into different sides of the passageway, you have to wonder how disks handle that.  Another fun thing is starting to walk down a ladder and the ship disappears from under you and you end up falling 3 metres more often than not down the ladder. 
    I would be very interested in finding out what UNIX and storage systems were in "Communist Russia".  If they were US based companies, something would have been terribly wrong there.  Oddly enough my first UNIX system in 1987 was an ICL host.   As far as I was concerned, the commies could have taken them and no one would have minded.
    Do storage marketing people actually know how to turn on an array and do day to day management of them in complex and sometimes difficult environments?  

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