[CentOS] settings up cheap a NAS / SAN server, is it possible?
Rudi at SoftDux.com
Sun Jun 29 17:16:48 UTC 2008
John R Pierce wrote:
> Rudi Ahlers wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I want to look at setting up a simple / cheap SAN / NAS server using
>> normal PIV motherboard, 2GB (or even more) RAM, Core 2 Duo CPU
>> (probably a Intel 6700 / 6750 / 6800) & some SATA HDD's (4 or 6x
>> 320GB - 750GB). My budget is limited, so I can't afford a pre-built
>> NAS device.
>> Can this be done with CentOS? I've been looking FreeNAS (which is
>> built on FreeBSD), and it look like a great project, but since the
>> hardware support in FreeBSD is limit, I'd rather use Linux for it.
>> Has anyone done this? If so, please share a bit in your experiences :)
> you might look at openfiler, too. same idea as opennas, only its
> linux based. web management interface, supports NFS and CIFS/SMB
> sharing, etc etc.
> IMHO, a storage server really /should/ have ECC memory to minimize the
> potential for data corruption by random memory errors. this, however,
> requires a server chipset, as 99% of desktop stuff doesn't support ECC
> at all.
> you are, btw, way overspecing the cpu. a storage server would be fine
> with a much slower processor than any of those.
What kind of processing does the NAS server really do? I mean, it won't
do actual calculations / DB access / etc, those will all be done by the
host OS / server, right?
For the price difference, the bigger CPU is a better investment, which
could also be reused for something else (xen server?) if this doesn't
work out. Unfortunately, the only ECC capable motherboards I can get my
hands on will be XEON, which is much more expensive than a normal
desktop type motherboard. And the CPU's will cost more.
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