I drove up to Dallas the other day to add a shelf of storage for a customer’s DR array. They were very interested in seeing the physical installation, but they are based in San Antonio and it was difficult for them to break away for a day just to watch the install.
I decided to document the process via camera phone so the customer would be able to see, in a time documented fashion, how easy the physical and logical capacity expansion would be. This was also a training opportunity for a new Pure Storage SE who did most of the actual installation.
Here is the FA-450 with two shelves at 10:05 am:
We then retrieved and opened up the box containing the new shelf, cables and tools (10:10 am):
After this my colleague added the two rails for the SSD shelf, done by 10:15 am:
Next we added power cables and powered it on to set the appropriate shelf ID. We then powered it off before adding the SAS cables. (done by 10:25 am):
Mmmm, 24TB of new capacity:
Almost done, I showed my colleague how to cable up and secure the back-end SAS cables (done by 10:31 am):
After this we called the customer, and told them we were ready to power on the new shelf.
We did so, and within a couple of minutes, allowing time for the shelf to power on and start passing I/O, the customer, who was running over 90% full at their DR site, was running at 44% full.
All in all, the experience, including unboxing, training a new colleague, and taking time for pictures and to call the customer, took about 25 minutes of physical activity followed by a couple of minutes of logical activity after power on.
All of the new capacity joins the existing capacity in a single pool that requires no special rebalance code or special interaction from support or an SE to enable.