Just a heads up. The ISP that this server is hosted at is doing some maintenance this weekend. The site will be down from Friday night until sometime on Sunday. (6/22-23/2013)
While attending the Dell Enterprise Forum last week, Dell announced the PowerEdge VRTX. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this was the scene in Thor where Natalie Portmans say “Oh….My….God” (Youtube)
So, what is this Dell PowerEdge VRTX that has me, and many others, all in a giddy? Well, it is server that can hold up to 4 blades, has an 8-port L2 gigabit switch, and can support up to 25 – 2.5in HDD (or 12 – 3.5in HDD) drives — that is the potential for 48TB of storage!! It can be configured in a tower (like pictured above) or in a rack and take up 5 RU of space. So what you have is a server that utilizes blades, hard-drives, and has 8–port L2 gig switch blade! Oh, best of all, this runs on 110v and is whisper quiet! Talk about perfect for a home lab – oh yeah!!!! The only bad part here, the street price is said to be less then $10k, bit out of home-lab money. But then again, when one thinks of all the hardware and storage that we have in our basements/closets/offices – that might be close to our pre-existing investment.
Looking over my notes from the Dell Enterprise Forum where this device was announced, here is a quick bullet list of what I have:
If you follow me on Twitter, you no doubt know I was in San Jose, CA attending the Dell Enterprise Forum ( formerly Dell Storage Forum ) last week. I attended this event on an invite from Dell, and I am so glad I accepted. The event was full of great information and many other great “social media influencers” as we where called. I have met many of my twitter peers before, but others I had not – being at the forum allowed me to put faces and real names to twitter handles. I think having the prior social interaction with them before made this event that much better. It was great of Dell to bring us together to listen, learn, and share ideas.
So, the purpose of this post is to recap the week, point out some highlights, some low, and set the stage for another post or two.
The whole theme of the event seemed to be around Ordinary -> Optimized. Dell would show and present Ordinary things, and then how they Optimized them. It was a theme they kept moving in all that they did. From the legos laying around in the lounge area, the old Atari 2600 systems, to a full wall sized modern Tetris game. They showed Ordinary and then Optimized it!