[Beowulf] Looking for external RAID vendors

Gary Stiehr stiehr at fnal.gov
Wed Sep 27 16:29:08 EDT 2006


Hi,

We have been using Nexsan's "SATABeast" product recently.  We purchased 
40 of them with 42 500GB drives with one dual-port Fibre controller.  We 
connect each SATABeast to two nodes.  Those two nodes then have two 
channel-bonded GigE interfaces.  We have been able to fully saturate the 
2 GigE links out from both nodes simultaneously from the one SATABeast.  
I'm sorry I do not have more formal numbers/graphs for you but I can say 
we have had good experiences with them.

Thanks,
Gary

Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
> I'm looking to get a few TB of SATA-SCSI storage, and I'm wondering what
> vendors folks like for this sort of thing.  I know all about the 
> tradeoffs of external RAID vs. internal arrays -- this is something 
> that needs to be as plug-and-play as possible.
>
> Some groups here like Excel Meridian's products (which do look rather 
> nice).  Any other vendors with good products and support?
>
> Thanks.
>
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