Monday, 29 August 2016

Projects projects, so many projects!

Things have been a bit quiet on my blog for the past few months, there's been a lot going on behind the scenes getting a number of projects up and running.

I'm hoping to post in the next few weeks in some more detail on these, but things implementing flash for Spectrum Scale metadata on FlashSystems 900 (which was easy BTW!), we've also been deploying couple of large IBM TS4500 libraries, and I do mean a couple - fitting into on of our data centres was a challenge though. Being the first UK site to implement Lenovo's warm water cooled systems (phase 2 has just gone in and I think we may well be the world's first direct cooled Broadwell system!) has been fun, challenging at times, and coupled with rolling out SwitchIB-2 from Mellanox has kept us on our toes! A couple of DDN storage arrays have gone in to support our life-sciences projects and we've been building a new private cloud, designed from the ground up for research requirements.

I've also had a couple of film crews in for various bits an pieces!

But life would be dull if we didn't have challenges and interesting things to do and its great that we are able to work with some of the world's best technology providers and that they want to work with us! I think it shows how ambitious we are trying to be in Research Computing at Birmingham to push hards to provide outstanding facilities to support our research community!

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