Labs Gallery: Quantum DXi7500 a Strong Enterprise Backup Performer

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Labs Gallery: Quantum DXi7500 a Strong Enterprise Backup Performer

The base configuration of the Quantum DXi7500 is a single four-post rack.

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It's not as pretty from the rear with a mass of Fibre Channel and Ethernet cables. Built-in power and cable management help keep the system neat and tidy.

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Shown here is the rear of two storage controllers, each with an attached storage array.

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Each RAID controller has field replaceable lithium ion batteries to maintain cache integrity during a power failure.

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A hot-swappable SAN controller with a hot-swappable lithium ion battery removed.

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Each DXi7500 begins life as a simple four-post rack with power management.

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The next step is to install Fibre Channel and Ethernet switches.

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This rack diagram demonstrates that while SANs have come a long way, they are still complex installations.

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Then the storage controller, arrays and management server are racked.

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A fully populated DXi7500 contains 240TB of raw storage in two four-post racks.

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The storage system is protected by minimal packaging and shipped on its own palette.

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Contributing Analyst Matt Sarrel at Quantum's Colorado Springs, Colo., assembly facility.

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The DXi7500 ships shrink-wrapped onto its own palette with a built-in ramp (shown on the left). Drop the ramp down and roll the 800-pound unit into place.

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The home screen of the DXi7500 management GUI provides system, VTL and NAS status at a glance.

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From the Configuration menu, choose Disk Backup, then NAS, and then add/edit/delete a CIFS or NFS share.

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The Status menu shows detailed hardware, system and VTL status. Here, the system is fully functional yet only has one power supply plugged in.

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The StorageCare Vision reporting is quite detailed. Here we can compare Fibre Channel and Ethernet node throughput.

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StorageCare Vision comes with about two dozen preconfigured reports covering status, configuration and performance of the system.

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StorageCare Vision can provide detailed status on just about every physical component of the storage system.

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All Quantum devices can be monitored from a single location with StorageCare Vision.

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It's easy to see trends in disk utilization from the Capacity Trending report.

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