It’s raining hardware from the cloud

As promised, we’ve got some pictures of some of the hardware we’re using in our cloud hosting platform that will be used to support our business class web hosting as well as provide cloud based solutions to you. I apologise for some of the pictures – even with 5MP the iPhone still isn’t quite the great photo taking tool it should be for the money.

First up we have some factory fresh ECC memory – 192GB to be precise:

Next up we have one of our SAN head end boxes, probably the most important component in the whole of the cloud platform:

Inside the SAN head end boxes we’re using Adaptec 5805 and 5085 SAS RAID Cards – These provide us with 8 x Internal SAS ports, as well as two x12 SAS expansion ports for connecting up disk trays to. Once we’re done testing we’ll be adding disk trays with up to 24 x 15k 450GB SAS drives per tray.

The next most important components and the ones that will actually run the cloud computing are the hypervisor boxes, here you can see two of them next to each other (minus CPUs):

Just in case anything should go wrong, we have our backup NAS system, I don’t have a picture of the 1U head end box, but we do have pictures of the 24 bay disk trays that we’ll be using for them:

That’s all for now. When we get a minute we’ll get some pictures of all the kit racked up for you, and maybe even some video (we know a lot of you like flashy lights :))

Not your average shopping list & free bubbly!

This week we’ve been getting the hardware ready to test our planned new cloud hosting platform and as you can imagine it’s not been your average shopping list. So far this week we’ve purchased:

  • 408GB of RAM
  • 200.48Ghz of CPU
  • 240GB of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives
  • 6TB of 15k RPM Enterprise SAS drives
  • 6TB of SATA drives
  • 8 x Server Chassis for Hypervisors
  • 3 x Server Chassis for Storage
  • 1 x 24 Bay Disk Tray
  • 3 x 8 Internal Port Adaptec RAID Cards
  • 3 x 8 External Port Adaptec RAID Cards
  • 8 x Dual Port Intel Network Card
  • 3 x Quad Port Intel Network Card

So, not your average shopping list by some margin and the bank managers’ face is looking a bit grim right now as well. It’s shaping up to be a fun couple of weeks building and testing all this kit – although I’m just wondering if I can sneak it all for a new PC :)

Once our new cloud platform is up and running we’ll be migrating all of our business class web hosting over to it – so you’ll benefit from our extensive investment in our cloud hosting platform even if you’re not utilising it directly, just by making use of our business web hosting service from as little as £50 per year.

We’ll post some updates and pictures when it all arrives, for those of you whom we know like to see lots of hardware – in the meantime I look forward to all the interesting suggestions that we’ll no doubt get for what else we could use all the hardware for – The most interesting posted to the comments by this time next week gets a bottle of Champagne.