New Storage Solutions

We’ve taken the first step to replace our aging network storage solution by ordering a pair of HP Lefthand Starter SANs. We’re beginning with two of the 12 TB units, using iSCSI.

What we liked about these units is that they appear as one cluster of nodes to other severs, even if one SAN is in our server room, and another is in secondary server room across campus. Files written to the SAN appear in both locations, and there is auto-fall over if one fails.

We also like that the SANs are designed to be user installed, and come with a day of training. There is also a virtual software version of the Lefthand SAN solution that can be used on regular servers and older storage systems.

I’ll post later about how our installation goes. Here’s a link to more info:

HP Lefthand Storage SANs

Closing Weeks

Lenovo X200T

We’re now in the closing weeks of school, and the events and deadlines and reporting needs are fast and furious. I feel a bit in a time shift, since this is also the time to finalize ordering of gear for the summer, so that it will arrive shortly after students and faculty leave.

One item on the list this year is ten tablets from Lenovo– X200T models. I’ve been disappointed more than once in the past with tablets (mostly because of software glitches and flaky hardware construction), but it’s time for a second run. Two will go to HS Science Faculty, and eight will be for HS science student use (a ratio that I approve of). In the past, I’ve ordered eight and given only to faculty (maybe thinking the students would be too rough on them), but now it’s time for the students to be full partners in the test run.

This should be fun. More posts coming soon.

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