Finally I finished the ESDS S16F-R2842-6 review. Despite its easily forgettable name, this monster 16-bay SAN is a powerful network device, designed keeping in mind the needs of system administrators. The ESDS S16F weight about 20 kilos without the precious HDs that can contain. Its chassis is a regular 3U and it’s ready to be mounted in a rack.
From the rear view it’s possible to see two redundant power supplies and the two controllers. While the second controller serves as redundancy unit, it’s possible to connect the SAN using all the Fibre Channel and iSCSI 1GbE ports. After a simple math I count 8 Fibre Channel (8Gb/s) ports and 4 iSCSIs. The other ports exist for management purposes.
Each controller includes a IBM Power CPU (assisted by a proprietary ASIC), 2GB (expandable to 4GB per controller, total 8GB) of ECC-RAM and a battery: it serves as backup energy supply to protect the drives and ensure that the controller doesn’t lose data during an outage.
You can check the detailed specifics on the Infortrend official website.