HP EVA lab tour video – this is good!

By | October 5, 2009

Last week at HP Tech Day in Colorado Springs, invitees were given a guided tour of the impressive HP StoprageWorks EVA tast lab.  Initially we were told "no cameras", but after being so impressed with the tour and facility, I badgered HP and they reversed their original decision and decided to allow the cameras in.  This was a really good move from HP, in my opinion, and kudos to HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito for not just fobbing me off on my request).  Not only do HP have nothing to hide, they actually have an impressive facility that they worth bragging about!
The actual video below is of a the second guided tour that we had from Tony Gregory the lab manager.  In the first video section Tony explains that the lab has –

  • Over 1,200 servers
  • 500 EVA arrays (although there didn't seem quite that many from where I was looking*)
  • Over 20PB storage

Also, based on those numbers, way over 1,000 fabric ports.  As Calvin puts it just before we enter the room "its your momas data centre".

* I should point out that the far end of the lab was off limits to us, and no I didn't try and get a sneak peak.  From memory the off limits area was about 4 or 5 rows deep.  More than that I cannot say.

So the video below is an exclusive peak into the bowels of a major storage platforms support lab environment.  May I suggest that if you dont like this video then you dont like storage……………………… or you are a comptetitor 😉

Enjoy the footage.




Although video footage is not quite the same as being there in person, I hope you get a glimpse of what an impressive facility this is and appreciate exactly what goes into delivering one of the best storage platforms in the world (and for the record Ive always been a fan of the EVA). 

For further written analysis and some great stills, I recommend you pop over to Ray Lucchesi's writeup.

Two final points –

  1. This is not the only EVA testing facility HP have.  On our first, non-videod tour, Tony mentioned at least one other facility, where they do "level 1 testing".
  2. Sadly there was no SSD available for us to shoot.  But remember that we werent allowed to view the entire facility, so may be they had some in the "off limits" area at the back of the lab??

I was impressed!  Thanks again to Calvin and the folks at HP for allowing us in with the cameras so we can share with everyone else – hope you enjoyed it.

Finally, for the record, the EVA currently supports up to 8 SSDs.


6 thoughts on “HP EVA lab tour video – this is good!

  1. Calvin Zito

    Hey Nigel,  
    You’re right – the video doesn’t do the lab justice but I’m glad you asked to go back to video tape it and now I’m even happier that I didn’t just fob you off!  Nice post – I think I’ll use your video on my blog!

  2. Nina Buik

    Thanks for posting this video and for your recap. The EVA Lab Tour was definitely one of the highlights of a great event. Well done! And thanks for adding ‘fob’ to my lexicon.

  3. Erwin van Londen

    Hey Nigel,

    Still looks the same as when I was there 4 years ago. Always fun to see these things which are normally off-limits.

    How did you like CS. Had a visit to The Garden of the Gods?

  4. Nigel Poulton

    Hi Erwin,

    Yep Colorado Springs was great. I was there for 3 days and not a single cloud in the sky while I was there.  Temperateure was 80F.  The HP facility is great too.

    Didnt make Garden of the Gods due to Jetlag and busy schedule.  Will definitely check it out though if I go again.

  5. Simon (TechHead)

    Hi Nigel,
    Good videos!  As with the HP Proliant testing lab in Hoston it seemed a well laid out and controlled testing lab indeed.  You did well to get them to agree to video the environment – wish I’d been there for the second trip around.  🙂

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