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We dropped a mini Storinator into the Reddit ocean and got a lot of ripples last week.  This teaser photo of the “Storinator Jr” generated many questions about what this mini Storinator is — so let’s dive in and tell you all about it. This little project started when Jeff Geerling’s work with Raspberry Pi-based mini storage systems inspired one of our…

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…

Are you ready to get out of the command line? Because it's official - all four new Houston/Cockpit modules are live! If you've been following our Tech Tips for the last month, you would have heard of the new updates in Houston. The improvements follow a theme -  get out of the command line and easily manage your Linux server.…

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…

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