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The Blue lights on EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems


If you were to walk in a Datacenter and see an EMC Symmetrix V-Max for the first time, you will end up giving it a look.

It’s those Blue Flashy lights in the front of the unit that just catches your eyes.

It gives the Symmetrix V-Max the Sleek and Sexy look..

Here are some pictures to prove that..

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Visible in the picture below are Cisco UCS blades, NetApp systems, HP systems, Cisco Switches, Xsigo Systems, but you can surely spot the Symmetrix V-Max

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EMC Symmetrix V-Max

A video from EMC World 2009

So these lights are USB powered through USB cables, a very simple idea though a genius one. Enterprise class arrays and the use of USB ports at the backend of these systems keep these Blue flashy lights on.

Here are the pictures of those USB connectors from the front. Believe it or not, they are redundant as well.

(Look at the USB cable connectors that go on the front door, 2 of them right above the blue light)

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As Storage Anarchist says in his Blog post “The first thing you’ll probably notice about the new Symmetrix V-Max is the packaging – and specifically the glossy-black panel with the blazing blue LED light bar that underscores the name Symmetrix on every door. The design team had a lot of fun blending the modern gloss-black look of today’s popular personal communications devices with the image of stability and security that customers expect from Symmetrix.”

Yea that is right,,,,,,,,,, this post was about the Blue lights on the Symmetrix V-Max Systems :-)

Oh…the big question, will it call home through the EMC ESRS Gateway if one of these Blue lights fail?

  • Storagezilla

    Yes.

  • http://storagenerve.com storagenerve

    Mark, does the blue lights show up in the VPD data?

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  • Rakesh chovatia

    I love blue but I'd perfer green for going green and green (cash) for all storagers :-)

  • Rakesh chovatia

    I love blue but I'd perfer green for going green and green (cash) for all storagers :-)

  • Kiran Ghag

    Its pity that such classy looking storage has to be kept away tucked inside the data center, I call it ferrari of storage and would have loved to have a glass wall behind my desk, exposing the array (sic) of blue lights :)

  • Axel

    Anybody has some details about the USB protocoll of these blue LED stripes? USB1 port one connects to a CY7C63803 and it identifies itself as Foxconn TIGON.