@swiftstack workshop and #wd demonstrating a server running immersed in fluid

HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital are demonstrating a server running while immersed in 3M Engineered Fluid.

HGST is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

Fasinating Ultrastar drive that is hermetically sealed. The air is removed and replaced with helium. It allows closer packing of drives because there is less jitter as a result of air resistance.

HGST Active Archiving is designed for sub-second response to rarely accessed and never modified data. They are creating 6TB drives that will push to 10TB by the end of 2014. This is ideal for petabyte object storage environments.

A public test cluster running Swift is built on Atom servers running with HGST Ultrastar drives with a Red Hat or Ubuntu OS for OpenStack.

benefits for the drives come from more storage per server, at lower cost per TB given fewer servers and less power consumption than traditional drive storage solutions.

Mark Scrimshire
Health and Cloud Technologist

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