[CentOS] Using (was: Announcing) Gluster Storage Platform
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Wed Dec 16 00:48:37 UTC 2009
Alan McKay wrote:
> OK, you have my attention. But reading around on the website for 5 or
> 10 minutes and I'm still not sure what this is.
> What is it?
A cluster filesystem
> Why would I use it?
Because the alternatives are either not up to it or fraught with problems.
> What would I use instead of it? (Who are its competitors)
Maybe Lustre or GFS if you have a small (note: SMALL) deployment.
> When would I not use it?
When you do not need/want a cluster file system that still gives you an
alternative access mechanism (cifs, nfs, whatever) to your data if
certain crucial bits go down.
> I see this "The software is a powerful and flexible solution that
> simplifies the task of managing unstructured file data", but I have no
> idea what "unstructured file data" means.
Me neither but I have me eyes on GlusterFS and I have been waiting for
OpenSolaris support as a client or I will be using Centos 5 as a client.
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