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New In The Lab: 25/40/100Gbps Networking

For the past few years, Ethernet has come in four speeds: 1, 10, 40 and 100Gbps. While the cost of 10Gbps Ethernet has fallen to under $500 a port, the next step up 40Gbps has remained four times as expensive as 10gbps and therefore been relegated to inter-switch links and the like. This year Santa brought us 25Gbps Ethernet which …

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Chatsworth’s Clik-Nut Perfects the Cage Nut

I thought I had said all there was to say about the prosaic little cage nut in my 2000 word blog post in 2014. I even did a 1500 word follow up on alternatives like Rackstuds. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I got an email from the folks at Chatsworth Products telling me that the tales of my travails with …

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Our New Datacenter – Chapter 3 – Server Cabinets

Part II – What We Did To be perfectly honest, we didn’t expect to start the Santa Fe data center with a shiny new set of server cabinets. We had been talking to the good folks at CommScope about a patching system for the new lab, and when they decided they wanted to support our little project, they offered not …

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Your New Datacenter – Server Cabinets

Most data centers are dominated by rows and rows of server cabinets, but most of the people I talk to that run the gear that goes in those server cabinets think of them as commoditized furniture. To paraphrase “Little Boxes” the Malvina Reynolds song so brilliantly used over the opening credits of the Showtime series Weeds: Server cabinets in the …

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Our New Lab Chapter 1 – Patching

The first stop on our journey to the data center of the future is the patching infrastructure. As I mentioned in the Network Computing blog post on this subject, “Building a Lab Part 1: Patching and Cables” (Link to come when the NWC editors get it posted), the New Jersey lab had no patch panels. We were basically camping out …

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Our New Data Center – The Layout

Please note this post will be in constant flux as we make changes to the data center. As of this first draft the only real content is the rack layout and switch configuration. Additional information will be posted over time Rack Layouts Our friends at CommScope were kind enough to provide us with 5 new server cabinets when we moved …

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Our New Data Center – An Introduction

Well it took a bit longer than we expected, but DeepStorage Labs is up and running in beautiful Santa Fe, NM. As promised, in my Starting a New Chapter post, I decided to take this opportunity to both document the process of building the new lab and demonstrate how I think a small data center should be build. After all, in most …

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