Compilation: unboxing iron IaaS provider

We share materials with unpacking and tests of storage and server equipment that we received and used during different periods of activity of our IaaS provider.

Photos from our review of NetApp AFF A300

Server systems

Unboxing a Cisco UCS B480 M5 Blade Server. An overview of the enterprise-class compact UCS B480 M5 — the chassis (we also show it) fits four such servers with an I / O bandwidth of 80 Gb / s per slot. The solution was supplied with a Cisco UCS 2208XP or FEX 2x extender. The blade server Cisco UCS B480 M5 can be used to work with high-loaded corporate applications and to solve problems of virtualization. It is built on the basis of Intel Xeon Scalable (up to 28 working cores) and is actually a “double” implementation of the B200 M5 server. In more detail about characteristics – we tell in our material according to the link above.

Cisco UCS: unboxing bundle. We show what a bundle looks like in a package and talk about stuffing. Included are the UCS 5108 chassis, Fabric Interconnect switches with UCS Manager on board to manage servers, virtualization and automation, as well as FEX extenders. In the course of parsing the boxes, we show a number of nuances like the cooling mechanisms of the switch, the partitions between the processors on the server, etc.

Unboxing Cisco UCS M4308 servers. Slightly earlier review kit UCS M4308. This solution is sharpened for parallel and cloud computing and offers the functionality of a virtual Interface (Virtual Interface Card) together with the management system UCS Manager. This feature allows you to use the solution for parallelized tasks. The UCS M142 cartridges used here are designed specifically for IaaS providers – they consume less power than the same M1414, but cope with the increased workloads of business-critical applications.

Overview of Cisco UCS Manager. This article deals with system tuning tools. In the first part of the story, we give a brief overview of its characteristics, and then we give a step-by-step algorithm for working with it, starting from connecting the console wire to analyzing individual contributions and obtaining the necessary result.

Unboxing Dell PowerEdge VRTX. There is an opinion that VRTX is “an ideal server system for small companies”. This is our photo review: from unpacking to installing iron in a rack.

Photos from our review of Dell VRTX

HPC: About high density servers. We speak in simple words about high performance computing. We describe what the blade servers are, where they are used, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and show the Dell PowerEdge M1000e as an example. In addition, we discuss Twin- and microservers: talking about the layout, the pros and cons of such systems using the examples of the Dell C6000 and Supermicro models.

Data storage systems

Testing NetApp E2700. We start with the configuration of the disk array, the test server and the connection scheme. We talk about the methodology, give a set of tests and evaluate their results. This array is capable of passing 1.5 Gbit / s through a single controller with streaming loads. To test it, we used the FIO benchmark and tried to give an objective assessment of the results.

Unboxing NetApp FAS8040. This storage replaces NetApp 32 and 62 series as a more productive solution for the ITGLOBAL site (augmented by Cluster Interconnect). We show the unpacking process, the “insides” of the controllers, an overview of the ports and the location in the rack. All this together technical characteristics of the equipment.

Unboxing NetApp E2700 Series. Show E2724, sharpened for storing data in SAN-environments. Step by step we unpack everything, note the features of the bundling and implementation of this solution – we consider it from all sides and give the characteristics.

Photos from our review of NetApp AFF A300

Unboxing all-flash storage NetApp AFF A300. We talk about the acquired AFF A300 on a hundred TB SSD. In the first part of the photo review – we give the characteristics, show the features of the system performance, look “under the hood” of the controller and talk about the cooling system. In the second – we show the regiment NetApp DS224C and the location of iron in the rack.

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