Love at tera-byte
By webmink on Jul 11, 2006
I was going to write about the new X4500 (I still prefer "Thumper" as a name but I guess people could easily get confused between 24TB of storage and a cartoon rabbit), but my friend Tim beat me to it and wrote pretty much everything I was going to say. So go read his stuff instead. Then the things I really like:
- This monster is going to be available on try & buy! Yes, you can get one free for 60 days, no strings attached (soon, anyway).
- The idea behind the huge number of inexpensive disks is that you can allow a load of them to fail and just have an annual service call when the disk guy drops round and replaces the ones with a light next to them. Lower service costs, less fuss.
- This is just a perfect use for ZFS - cheap drives made usable by clever storage software.
- The attention to detail is great. People on Slashdot have been bleating about how anyone could make one of these with just a 4U case and a stack of disks, and the price would come out less, but they're wrong - this thing is an engineering feat that will take quite some cloning, what with the 4U size, the drawer-format so you can open the thing out on rails to replace disks, the air flows to keep it all cool, the sleeves for the drives, and so on.
Summary: I want one. Not sure why, as my MP3 collection would rattle in it like a pea in a supertanker, but the geek in me just wants one on the LAN. And if I was buying storage for a data-centre - well, these things would be just magic. No wonder Ben is in love.