StorageWorks question

From: Peter Turnbull <>
Date: Sun May 11 04:05:01 2003

On May 10, 19:20, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> >I have a StorageWorks unit that's surplus to requirements. It's a
> >floor-standing box, complete with the doors and keys, 2 PSUs, and
> >"innards". Can anyone tell me if all thse bits belong in the same
> >unit?
> >
> >2 x SWXBP power supply
> Unless the HSD10 is pulling a LOT of power, you should be able
> to get by using just one of these, while having two gives you
> redundant power, I prefer to have the slot open for another device.

I'm fairly sure it was set up that way to have redundant power (from
two different sources).

> >1 x HSD10-AA DSSI-SCSI controller (what does this do, exactly?)
> As mentioned, it lets you use SCSI devices on a MicroVAX with DSSI.

It has three connectors on the front; two 50-pin high-density
D-connectors (like SCSI-2 conectors) and an RJ11. I assume those
50-way connectors are DSSI, and the RJ11 is for a terminal?

> >1 x 70-32155-01 8-bit interface (SCSI? or what?)
> Does this plug into the end opposite the powersupplies? It
> sounds like you've got a BA356 shelf. If so, I'm envious,
> I've only got BA350's, the BA356 supports both 8-bit and
> 16-bit interface modules. Oh, yes, if we're talking about
> the same thing, it's SCSI. It's a High Density 50-pin
> connector, right?

Yes, it is. Two of them, in fact. The module is in the top, inserted
from the front, same as everything else. Ah, I guess you're thinking
in terms of a horizontal rack-mounted unit (the other one that the
VAXes had was mounted like that); this unit has the extra pieces for
floor mounting and (AFAIK) doesn't have the brackets for rack mounting.

Does it make sense to have both the 70-32155-01 SCSI interface and the
HSD10-AA DSSI/SCSI unit in the same shelf?

> >1 x RZ29B 4.3GB fast wide disk
> RZ29B-VW?

RZ29B-VA, it says on the outside.

> >1 x TLZ06 DDS tape drive
> You have an SBB, with a TLZ06 in it? Now I'm even greener with
> envy! I've only got disks. Plus, I don't have any of the nice
> enclosed models with doors.
> >I should have mentioned it's a BA35X-MD box.
> These are actually the fans on the back of the shelf. The
> good news is they're the good dual-speed ones that support
> the 7200RPM drives.

Ok, so I shouldn't just dump it, then ;-)

To be honest, though, I don't think I want to keep it. I have two
MicroVAXes, a uVAX-II in a BA23, and a uVAX 3100 (DV-31AT1-A, on the
label on the back). Both have internal drives. I'm not likely to use
either for anything serious, and I need the space the StorageWorks unit
is occupying.

> >It came wih a MicroVAX some time ago, but I've never used it.
> >want it, for a suitably low price?
> You might just want to keep it... I really like using StorageWorks
on my VMS systems. I've got a BA350 attached to the PWS 433au I use as
a server via a Narrow SCSI card.
> If you want, I should be able to dig up all the manuals on this, as I
think I've got PDF's of them.

I'll have another look round, where it came from. They may still be

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Sun May 11 2003 - 04:05:01 BST

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