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From Nik Martin <nik.mar...@nfinausa.com>
Subject Re: Primary Storage
Date Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:44:34 GMT
On 10/22/2012 05:49 PM, Trevor Francis wrote:
> ZFS looks really interesting to me and I am leaning that way. I am
> considering using FreeNAS, as people seem to be having good luck with
> it. Can anyone weigh in here?
>

My personal opinion, I think FreeNAS and OpenFiler have horrible, 
horrible User Interfaces - not very intuitive, and they both seem to be 
file servers with things like iSCSI targets tacked on as an afterthought.

Nik

>
> Trevor Francis
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> On Oct 22, 2012, at 2:30 PM, Jason Davis wrote:
>
>> ZFS would be an interesting setup as you can do the cache pools like you
>> would do in CacheCade. The problem with ZFS or CacheCade+DRBD is that they
>> really don't scale out well if you are looking for something with a
>> unified
>> name space. I'll say however that ZFS is a battle hardened FS with tons of
>> shops using it. A lot of the whiz-bang SSD+SATA disk SAN things these
>> smaller start up companies are hocking are just ZFS appliances.
>>
>> RBD looks interesting but I'm not sure if I would be willing to put
>> production data on it, I'm not sure how performant it is IRL. From a
>> purely technical perspective, it looks REALLY cool.
>>
>> I suppose anything is fast if you put SSDs in it :) GlusterFS is another
>> option although historically small/random IO has not been it's strong
>> point.
>>
>> If you are ok spending money on software and want a scale out block
>> storage
>> then you might want to consider HP LeftHand's VSA product. I am personally
>> partial to NFS plays:) I went the exact opposite approach and settled on
>> Isilon for our primary storage for our CS deployment.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM, Nik Martin <nik.martin@nfinausa.com
>> <mailto:nik.martin@nfinausa.com>>wrote:
>>
>>> On 10/22/2012 10:16 AM, Trevor Francis wrote:
>>>
>>>> We are looking at building a Primary Storage solution for an
>>>> enterprise/carrier class application. However, we want to build it using
>>>> a FOSS solution and not a commercial solution. Do you have a
>>>> recommendation on platform?
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Trevor,
>>>
>>> I got EXCELLENT results builing a SAN from FOSS using:
>>> OS: Centos
>>> Hardware: 2X storage servers, with 12x2TB 3.5 SATA drives.  LSI MegaRAID
>>> with CacheCade Pro, with 240 GB Intel 520 SSDs configured to do SSD
>>> caching
>>> (alternately, look at FlashCache from Facebook)
>>> intel 10GB dual port nics, one port for crossover, on port for up link to
>>> storage network
>>>
>>> DRBD for real time block replication to active-active
>>> Pacemaker+corosync for HA Resource management
>>> tgtd for iSCSI target
>>>
>>> If you want file backed storage, XFS is a very good filesystem on Linux
>>> now.
>>>
>>> Pacemaker+Corosync can be difficult to grok at the beginning, but that
>>> setup gave me a VERY high performance SAN.  The downside is it is
>>> entirely
>>> managed by CLI, no UI whatsoever.
>>>
>>>
>>>> Trevor Francis
>>>> Partner
>>>> 46 Labs | The PeerEdge Cloud
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>>>>
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>>>>
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