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Testing Storage Systems: Methodology and Common Pitfalls
John Constable, Welcome Trust Sanger Institute
Vendors always have the latest system they would like you to pay for. Let's face it: even if the system is free, there is still a cost to implement, manage, and decomission it. This talk will cover the negative, functional, and performance testing that the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute does to try to cover these areas within a reasonable time scale. The talk will also highlight some of the issues we run into while testing, along with some tips and tricks we've developed after testing several types of vendor equipment over the past three years.
John Constable is a sysadmin in the High Performance Computing team at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute with 23PB of storage. He has worked on storage evaluation and management (both equipment and system administration) and has evaluated seven storage solutions over the past few years. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
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