Redditor acquires shutdown Netflix cache server with 262TB storage

Redditor acquires shutdown Netflix cache server with 262TB storage

Redditor acquires shutdown Netflix cache server with 262TB storage

Redditor acquires shutdown Netflix cache server with 262TB storage
Zoom / Open Connect Appliance server from about 2013 acquired by Redditor.

Reddit user PoisonWaffe3 Recently acquired A 2013-era Netflix cache server has been pulled from service and wiped for disposal, marking a rare occasion for the public to get a glimpse of the mysterious devices, Deputy reports.

A shutdown cache server – called “Open Connect Appliance” (or OCA) – running as part of Netflix’s Open Connect Content Delivery Network. Open Connect is a network of servers around the world Embedded local ISP containing local copies of Netflix video content, which speeds up the delivery of that content to Netflix viewers by bringing it as close as possible to viewers (geographically and in terms of network hops).

Netflix provides a lot of high-level documentation about Open Connect on their website, but what Not widely known It is what certain components make it a choice for Open Connect servers – especially those that are nearly a decade old. After removing three screws, PoisonWaffle3 took a look inside their unit and discovered a “very standard” SuperMicro motherboard, an Intel Xeon CPU (E5 2650L v2), 64GB DDR3 RAM, 36 7.2TB Western Digital HDDs (7200 rpm). minute), six 500GB Micron SSDs, a pair of 750W power supplies, and one 4-port 10GbE NIC. In total, the server has “262 TB of raw storage,” according to PoisonWaffle3.

PoisonWaffle3 got the bright red Netflix cache server because they were working with an ISP that was pulling devices out of service. “We are retiring/replacing quite a few 2013-era Netflix OCA caches, and I was offered one,” they wrote. Of course, I couldn’t say no.

Originally user Ask for advice About what to do with OCA, suggestions ranged from mining Cryptocurrency Chia (which takes advantage of a lot of storage space) to play a file plex Media streaming server. Originally, OCA turned on FreeBSD, but the server was completely wiped out as part of the shutdown process. Instead, PoisonWaffle3 . is installed Tronas, which is an open source operating system designed specifically for network file storage applications. Whatever path PoisonWaffle3 takes with hardware, 262TB is still plenty of storage for one person — even in 2022.

Interestingly, the internet telephony service is now expired miracle Use the local caching system to distribute data more efficiently using the same basic principle as Open Connect in the 1980s and 1990s. Instead of streaming video, this service was only serving text data and NAPLPS vector graphics files. Times have changed, but we still want fast data.

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