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Gillware’s Full Image Backup server gets an upgrade

Normally on our blog, most of the photographic eye candy comes from the data recovery lab. Shattered platters, melted and burned hard drives, nasty rotational scoring, you name it. But recently, our Customer Experience Technical Lead Seth Hopwood came to me with some cool photos from the backup side: a new server he was building for storing Full Image Backups in our data center.

As you might know, Gillware’s Full Image Backup is designed to back up full system images of servers and critical desktop workstations. By replicating daily, weekly and monthly images to both local storage and offsite (read: our new server), users can be sure they’ll be back up and running quickly in the event of a failure.

Now, when full image backups are stored offsite in the mythical cloud, they’ll be stored on this new server in our secure data center. For hardware enthusiasts like us, these pictures are pretty cool.

Ever wonder what 128TB of storage looks like? Well here it is, 16 HGST 8TB hard drives ready to be incorporated into the server. Although we didn't use all 16 drives as pure storage (more on this in a bit), this is still a ton of storage in one place.

Ever wonder what 128TB of storage looks like? Well here it is, 16 HGST 8TB hard drives ready to be incorporated into the server. Although we didn’t use all 16 drives as pure storage (more on this in a bit), this is still a ton of storage in one place.

The aftermath, boxes from all of the hard drives. You never know when you're going to need these.

The aftermath, boxes from all of the hard drives. You never know when you’re going to need these.

The server mid-assembly in our office. The server contains 12 of the drives pictured earlier in a RAID 6 configuration for a total of 80TB of storage. The remaining four drives from the picture are set aside as spares. The server also contains two Intel SSDs (seen on the right side of this photo) in a RAID 1 configuration running the server's operating system.

The server mid-assembly in our office. The server contains 12 of the drives pictured earlier in a RAID 6 configuration for a total of 80TB of storage. The remaining four drives from the picture are set aside as spares. The server also contains two Intel SSDs (seen on the right side of this photo) in a RAID 1 configuration running the server’s operating system.

Aside from the drives mentioned earlier, the server contains two Xeon processors and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The RAID card is a high-cache variant of the LSI 9361-8i, using SAS3 with a CacheVault backup battery.

Aside from the drives mentioned earlier, the server contains two Xeon processors and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The RAID card is a high-cache variant of the LSI 9361-8i, using SAS3 with a CacheVault backup battery.

 

Now, the server is up and running in our data center located right here in Madison, WI.

Now, the server is up and running in our data center located right here in Madison, WI.

Looks nice, doesn’t it?