[clug-talk] Storage Area Networks - Network attached Storage
"J. Rafael Sánchez"
rsanchez at itres.com
Fri Dec 3 10:11:03 PST 2004
Kevin Anderson wrote:
> On Friday 03 December 2004 09:47, "J. Rafael Sánchez" wrote:
>>I thank you all for your comments. If I were to buy a couple of external
>>firewire/sata/ide/raid cases with around 2TB capacity each, and attach
>>them to one or two of my existing [fastest] servers, would I be getting
>>a comparable solution?
> Personally, if I was setting up a situation where several servers depended on
> 1 set of disks, I would want an OS that doesn't do anything except serve up
> those disks. So I'd connect the array to a separate box with nothing really
> running except the NFS Server. That would greatly reduce the liklihood of
> anything crashing.
>>Also, we produce, not only lot's of data, but files that have started to
>>reach beyond the 2Gb threshold, an issued which I'm already having some
>>challenges with. It becomes a challenge to move them around. Would you
>>care to comment on that?
> I'm a huge fan of Reiser. That's the direction I'd go in.
Isn't Reiser for small files? I looked at the table from that link, and
it says that "max file size" for ext3 is 16GB-2TB, why is it that RH9
cannot handle them. Is it something I'm not doing right when I configure
my servers? I thought large file system was enabled.
>>Has anyone had to deal with a similar situation and, if I may ask, how
>>do you deal with it? I recently put a 64bit system together... and
>>installed FC3 on it...I've had some problems with it already, but that's
>>another complete different topic of discussion...
> If you're running a production system, I wouldn't do it on a semi-supported
> distro. This isn't really meant as a dig, but the truth is that FC is there
> to get people started using Red Hat, and you're in Red Hat territory, not
> FC's. I suspect you'd see alot of support messages which might indicate
> something along those lines from a quasi-commercial distro. This is based on
> support given for the free version of smoothwall.
> In my first paragraph, I suggested an NFS server. I stand by that comment,
> but I'm not certain on the file size limits that NFS would handle. So test
> that before listening to me. :) Unless someone else can comment.
> Also note that there can be problems beyond the ones in the FS. You may find
> that things like zip will die on files beyond the 2TB size range.
Yeah that's right.
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J. Rafael Sánchez
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