Hi folks, we've been transitioning over to the second test (Knurr CoolLoop) for a little over two weeks now. Our largest challenge has been the configuration of the IBM Blade Center servers that we're using to generate maximum load. OS installs via a jumpstart server were proving problematic so we had to go with a manual DVD install for every single one of the 28 blades... We got the last of those installed yesterday and are installing the test scripts today. We expect to do a bake in period Monday and then official testing begins Tuesday.
We have also been pre-staging our 3rd (Rittal) and 4th (IBM/Vette) solutions to ensure a rapid transition to those tests. The Rittal solution is connected up and has been loaded half way with x4100 servers. We will connect the IBM/Vette solution to chilled water next week as well. We expect to move more efficiently through the upcoming tests as our IBM Blade Centers will be moved to each solution and will not need to be reconfigured. Stay tuned for more updates early next week!