Author Archives: John Rath

About John Rath

John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

Arista 7000 X Series Takes On Cisco Catalyst

The Arista 7500 Series switch takes up 11U in a standard rack, with front-to-back cooling.

Arista Networks launched the 7000 X Series with the Arista 7300 and Arista 7250, which has a resilient architecture, enhanced programmability, control of virtualized networks, improved power efficiency as well as price and performance optimized for universal cloud and data center deployments. Read More

Pushing New Limits: HGST Launches 6TB Helium Hard Drive

Helium drives (Photo by Hitatchi.)

HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), a Western Digital (WDC) company, has launched a hermetically sealed helium-filled hard drive. Leveraging the inherent benefits of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, the new Ultrastar He6 drive features a 7Stac disk design with 6TB, making it a very high capacity HDD. Read More

Dell Powers Reel FX Animated Film “Free Birds”

Thanksgiving-themed film, Free Birds, benefited from the computing power of Dell.

Boring servers whirring away in a data center never seem exciting until they are used to power an animated film and show off that technology in full glorious color and clarity. Reel FX has done just that, and used Dell servers to develop, produce and animate its first full-length feature film, “Free Birds”. Read More