[OT] Re: [CentOS] Filers, filesystems, etc.

Leonard Isham leonard.isham at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 14:49:07 UTC 2005

On 11/9/05, Robin Mordasiewicz <robin at bullseye.tv> wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Nov 2005, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-11-09 at 11:00 +0100, Henk van Lingen wrote:
> >> Hi Bryan,
> >> Please tell. I have to replace our old Sun Enterprise fileserver
> >> (solaris8), which does NFS and Samba (homedirectories, projects file
> >> space).  It will be x86 hardware, but I'm looking for the best filesystem
> >> for the job (let's say one terabyte). It has to have quota and ACL support.
> >
> > NetApp is very costly per $ versus traditional file storage.  But the
> > Data OnTap OS with WAFL filesystem was basically designed by 2 of Sun's
> > original NFS designers.  WAFL works very different than most traditional
> > UNIX server filesystems.
> >
> I will attest that NetApp is an excellent choice. NetApp is more pricey,
> but they do have an entry level system called the FAS270, which is leaps
> ahead of an EMC Clarion if you can even compare them, and for the added
> flexibilty the price is not very much more. I think NetApp pretty much
> stands alone. I don't think another solution will allow you to do CIFS,
> NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel all from the same platform, but there may
> be. I have used the RedHat Clustering solution and it was a hassle.
> P.s. I have nothing to do with the NetApp company, but I just love their
> product after having used it in almost every place I have worked at.

Anyone considered or used OpenFiler?  It's based on CentOS.

Leonard Isham, CISSP
Ostendo non ostento.

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