Posts By Shana Lawrence

Let’s talk about a perfect pair — Proxmox and Houston UI. You’ve most likely heard us talk about Proxmox before, especially recently — now that we officially offer and support Proxmox on our 45Drives servers. We’ve been using Proxmox as our open source virtualization platform — particularly for our Ceph deployments, using Ceph’s RBDs, mounting them into Proxmox, then using…

This new tool 45Drives' developed for deploying Ceph, creatively dubbed as Ceph Deploy, exists as a module within Houston that allows you to set up your cluster from within a graphical user interface. So what does this mean for our customers? With Ceph Deploy, our support team now has a streamlined tool to use when configuring Ceph clusters for our…

Before 45Drives became its own company, its sister company, Protocase, began working with Backblaze, a cloud storage provider. Backblaze prototyped a large, wooden open design storage pod and engaged the services of Protocase to help bring their concept to reality. As a result, they had a functioning storage pod made from cold-rolled steel ready for their data centers within a year.…

Before we dive into why we decided to use direct-wired architecture - let's talk about what direct-wired actually is. So, what is a direct-wired architecture? In a server with direct-wired architecture, there is a 1 to 1 connection for the drive to the system with the full throughput of each drive in the server. The drives connect through a card called…

Before 45Drives became its own company, its sister company, Protocase, began working with Backblaze, a cloud storage provider. Backblaze prototyped a large, wooden open design storage pod and engaged the services of Protocase to help bring their concept to reality. As a result, they had a functioning storage pod made from cold-rolled steel ready for their data centers within a year.…

You may have heard that Redhat is ending CentOS as the downstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) rebuild and repositioning it as an upstream build of RHEL. At 45Drives, we had a choice to make – what would be our new primary operating system (OS)? Why we moved away from CentOS/RedHat First, let's talk about why we needed to move…

IT professionals in law enforcement agencies are facing a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.  There is significant growth in the amount of digital forensic data with an increasingly scrutinized chain of custody requirements. There is also a massive growth in the amount of body cam and dashcam data that needs to be stored. The fact is, this data must…

The rumors are true, we made some changes to the Storinator. If you follow Linus Tech Tip you may have seen the new version of the Storinator in this video. But don't worry, we kept all the things you love about it – we just gave it a huge upgrade. Here’s a quick look at the new Storinator redesign, some…

Some of you may have seen the recent stories about security flaws found within the Baseboard Management controllers (BMC) within SuperMicro Motherboards. While this is indeed very serious, many of the articles were somewhat misleading by taking something that is by its very design, a very powerful feature - and giving the impression that the feature itself is the flaw. This is…

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