Infortrend ESDS S16F-R2842-6 reviewed

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.

As you can see on the picture below, it isn’t aestetically polished: there is only a front LCD panel for configuration and monitoring purposes.
Infortrend ESDS S16F

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.
Infortrend ESDS S16F

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.
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The HDs are located on the front and substitution is a really easy operation. This is nothing exceptional for server-class products.
Infortrend ESDS S16F

Infortrend sent me sixteen HDs: they are Hitachi’s 600GB 6Gb/s SAS drives, really good ones.
Infortrend ESDS S16F

The two power supplies include strong fans: they are really really loud but this kind of products are designed to be placed in a rack, noise is not an issue but high temperature could be one.
Infortrend ESDS S16F

You can check the detailed specifics on the Infortrend official website.

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