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Oct 28 2008   4:04AM GMT

Racked My First C3000 Blade Enclosure

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Well Its done, I officially racked my first HP C3000 Blade Enclosure with an MSA (Modular Smart Array). I tell you when they say you need to follow instructions to rack this beast, they were right… It took 4 techs to carry this 180lbs server, and it wasn’t even fully populated yet! First thing we had to do was remove all power supplies and spacers, then we had to unscrew the actually guts of the Blade enclosure. Once the Enclosure was completely empty, just an outer shell, it took 2 of us to rack it. After it is racked you get to put it back together. Power supplies, MSA Controller, GBE2 interconnects, then the blades themselves. It was quite an exciting time for me, as I have never actually worked with this kind of technology.

The setup follows, I am going to be quick and dirty on the description!

The C3000 Blade Enclosure has 2 Blades, each Blade has a Quad Core 2.333Ghz Processor, 16GB ram, and 2x 72GB (Raid 0) hdds. The C3000 is connected to an MSA using 2x GBE2 Interconnects. There are 2 controllers on the MSA so we were able to create redundant connections from the GBE2 switches to the MSA( just incase one port dies). The GBE2 switches were also redundantly connected to a Cisco Layer 3 switch. All of this plugged into a nice R5500VA HP Rack mounted UPS.

We are going to run ESX Foundation on each Blade, and each Blade will control 600GB LUNS on the MSA. No automatic Vmotion, but at least if a blade drops we can move the VM’s to the other store and boot them up… pretty good Redundancy for an sound price, which is withheld! This is only the beginning!

Anyways I hope I didn’t bore you guys, and I really hope I made SOME sense.

Take care and again have a great night!

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