[CentOS] OT: Recommendations for a virtual storage server

Fri Jan 28 18:39:39 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 1/28/2011 12:14 PM, John R Pierce wrote:
>>     I need to install a virtual machine acting as a virtual storage server under
>> CentOS 5.x (using kvm, xen, virtualbox or vmware). This virtual storage machine
>> needs to server storage to another ESXi server and at the same time to the host
>> where is installed.
>>     This is due to the limitations of hardware I have available. Both hosts needs to
>> server several machines.
>>     It is very important that the virtual machine consumes the least resources
>> possible (host has 5GB RAM and i need to run three virtual machines minimum,
>> including this storage server as a virtual machine).
>>     What can be better solution: CentOS, NexentaStor, openfiler ...??
>>     Many thaks.
> no way in H*** I'd run a storage server as a VM, especially if its
> serving the same host as its hosted on.
> storage should be rock solid infrastructure as any hiccups crash your
> whole environment.    get a IBM DS3524 or Dell MD3200i or something for
> use as storage.

I don't think someone who is constrained by only having 5GB ram in a box 
is likely to be able to buy new storage servers...

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com