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HP StorageWorks Tech Day: Touring the labs

 By Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy


During our Tech Day at the end of March, we took a tour of three different labs at our Houston campus.  First of up is the event lab, timely as Chris Hornauer talked about getting equipment ready for Storage Networking World and the National Association of Broadcasters, both happening this week.  The other interesting thing is a closer look at the HP StorageWorks MDS600 - Chris pulls out the enclosure to show the drives and you'll get a look at the mechanism that allows the enclosure to slide out of the rack.  The MDS600 gives you shared storage at the price of direct attached storage.  I think a deeper dive on it is warranted here on the blog.  Here's that video:






If you have trouble with the embedded video, click here to launch the viewer.


The next stop was the Enterprise Backup Solutions Lab.  This is the lab where we test our backup hardware (HP tape storage and virtual tape systems like the D2D Backup System and Virtual Library System) with leading ISV backup software, including our own HP Data Protector.  Phil Lang mentioned the EBS compatibility matrix - it's one of the most downloaded pieces of content on  If you want to take a look, you can click here





Again, if you have any issues with the embedded video, click here


The last stop was Integrated Systems Test: Automated Test and Verification Lab.  There's a lot of interesting stuff here: 

    • David Sheffield (you can call him Sheff) was our host here - you can tell he loves his job!  The bloggers were also interested at how "clean" an environment this test lab was - not your typical lab that has pieces/parts of systems all over.


    • The bloggers were very interested in how we collect data from our array controllers in the test lab (you'll see the "diving board" that is used to grab data off a controller). 


Last time, if you have any issues with the embedded video, click here.


There are still more videos to come from the StorageWorks Tech Day  and I'll post them over the next several days.  A special thanks to all of the guys in Houston (and Yvette!!!) that helped make the lab tours possible.

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PublicPassport | ‎04-13-2010 11:55 PM


Did you try to take a disk out of the MDS600?

I heard quite a lot of force is required to take a disk out, is this true?

| ‎04-14-2010 01:29 AM


I haven't heard of any issues - when the drive enclosure is fully loaded, it can be heavy.  But as you can see in the video, Chris didn't have any problems pulling that out.  Once the drawer is out, pulling a drive out is really not much different than removing any other removable disk drive.  Thanks - Calvin

Anonymous | ‎04-14-2010 04:14 PM


Sorry, thought I put in my name Smiley Happy

Thanks for the reply.

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