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The serviceability of those things looks not pleasant. I used to work in the storage industry and got to play with (what is now) NetApp high-density setups [1]. 60 drives in a 4U setup, compared to 45 drives in Storage Pod in the same 4U. But I'm guessing the cost is where Storage Pod really wins out. NetApp gear, even as a JBOD, is really expensive.

The NetApp box has same type of padding for all the drives, but they are much easier to access (pull out trays are stable and easy to use).

Fun issues I saw with the NetApp box (at least 3 years ago): fully loaded with drives, it went over the weight limit that Fedex or UPS would ship with standard shipping. It required freight shipping to ship a single, full-loaded, E5400.

[1] http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/e5400/

Storage hardware startup here. We can do 72 drives in 4U for standard racks and 120 drives in 4U for deep racks, but it is difficult to service so we're only pushing to early adopters. However high-density servicability can be addressed. Our next system should have same drive numbers in 5U, much easier to swap drives. Not much can be done about the shipping problem, ha ha.

And what hardware startup might this be? I'm curious ;-)

Sup Yev! Evtron. We're in St. Louis. We have a call with Gleb on Wednesday. Love to chat some time: ivicars@evtron.com / @israelvicars.

Hah, well I'll leave you guys to it ;-)

I'm working on something more similar to the Backblaze Storage Pod (in fact, originally based from their 2.0 design) for my employer. We played around with the hardware from their set up and decided to go a different route. It looks like we'll be getting 48 drives in 4U, but I'm sure we'll have some teething issues as we start to get our first few boxes up & running. 72 drives in 4U sounds like a lot of fun- I'm guessing SuperMicro SAS backplanes. Is there room in the box to make it self-sufficient or is it JBOD?

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