Network Storage

Drew Weaver drew.weaver at
Mon Apr 16 10:58:08 CDT 2012

I'd like to point out that you can actually do 26 2.5" disks on an R720xd if you use the flexbay +1 SD card for your os install if you're being a maximalist. =)


-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Leinen [mailto:simon.leinen at] 
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 5:38 AM
To: Andrew Thrift
Cc: nanog at
Subject: Re: Network Storage

Andrew Thrift writes:
> If you want something from a Tier1 the new Dell R720XD's will take 24x 
> 900GB SAS disks

or 12x 2TB 3.5" cheap & slow SATA disks
or 12x 3TB 3.5" more expensive & slightly faster SAS disks

- if you take the (cheaper) 3.5"-disk variant of the R720xd chassis.

or 12x 3TB 3.5" cheap&slow SATA disks if you buy them directly rather than from Dell.  (Presumably you'd have to buy Dell "hot-swap trays")

> and have 16 cores.  If you order it with a SAS6-HBA you can add up to
> 8 trays of 24 x 900GB SAS disks to provide 194TB of raw space at quite 
> a reasonable cost.

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