[CentOS] 8-15 TB storage: any recommendations?
warren at etr-usa.com
Thu Jan 7 21:45:32 UTC 2010
On 1/6/2010 2:35 PM, Boris Epstein wrote:
> we are trying to set
> up some storage servers to run under Linux
You should also consider FreeBSD 8.0, which has the newest version of
ZFS up and running stably on it. I use Linux for most server tasks, but
for big storage, Linux just doesn't have anything like this yet.
Yeah, yeah, btrfs someday, I know. But today, ZFS is where it's at.
It's the easiest way of managing large pools of storage I know of short
of a Drobo, and Drobos have big problems of their own.
I'm not recommending OpenSolaris on purpose. For the last few years, it
was the only stable production-quality implementation of ZFS, but with
FreeBSD 8.0, it just lost that advantage. I think, as a Linux fan, you
will be happier with FreeBSD than OpenSolaris.
> storage volume would be in the range specified: 8-15 TB.
That puts you right on the edge of workability with 32-bit hardware.
ext3's limit on 32-bit is 8 TB, and you can push it to 16 TB by
switching to XFS or JFS. Best to use 64-bit hardware if you can.
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