[CentOS] Information Week: RHEL 7 released today

Sun Jun 15 19:07:56 UTC 2014
EGO-II.1 <eoconnor25 at gmail.com>

On 06/15/2014 04:23 AM, Warren Young wrote:
> On Jun 12, 2014, at 11:27 AM, Warren Young <warren at etr-usa.com> wrote:
>> [*] The absolute XFS filesystem size limit is about 8 million terabytes, which requires about 500 cubic meters of the densest HDDs available today.
> I’ve been wondering what 500 TB looks like, so I worked it out.  It requires a mere 100 x 6 TB disks for 20% redundancy.
> Viewed that way, 500 TB looks a little on the low side.  You can get a 9U server chassis[*] with its face almost covered with 50 hot-swap 3.5 inch drive trays.  That puts us only one size doubling from being able to achieve a max-size array in a single server.
> Even if we assume SAS drives, we’re still only about 3 doublings away from filling that 9U chassis with a 500 TB array.  RHEL7 will be in production 1 level support for another 5 years, enough time for those 3 doublings.
> I assume we’re climbing out of the doubling doldrums brought on by the Taiwan floods by now.  Even if not, we’ve got another *10* years before RHEL 7 leaves production level 3 support.
> Apparently Red Hat picked this number by doing similar projections, and set it fairly conservatively.
> What this means is that some of us will be DIYing petabyte scale arrays in a single commodity chassis by the time RHEL 8 ships.  I’m not talking about high-dollar SAN or Big Iron stuff here; we’ll be making them from commodity parts you can buy off NewEgg without a special order.  Wow.
> [*] http://goo.gl/IjSdHz
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Aside from some corporation...or from a home business perspective where 
expansion is expected. I don't think I would attempt this, but I'm sure 
there are those who actually need to do something like this to ensure 
their site remains stable reliable and robust. I can only imagine the 
nightmares that would begin for me trying to get this all up and running.