Monday Jul 21, 2008

Pages of interest - 21 July

Elektronkind » OpenSolaris 2008.11 - A Preview For The Storage Admin - I missed this page last week, but wanted to make you all aware of an interesting review of OpenSolaris from the perspective of a storage system administrator. There is good coverage about the OpenSolaris storage features of ZFS, iSCSI, CIFS, COMSTAR, NDMP, AVS and others.
The Blog of Ben Rockwood » : Explore Your Storage with FileBench - This blog was posted a few days back and gives a nice overview of FileBench and talks about how to create various workloads to determin the performance of a system.

I also wanted to point out:
mega_sas project page now live - /devices/pseudo/bitbucket@0:bitbucket - the mega_sas project is now live on OpenSolaris. This is an open source implementation of the driver for the LSI MegaRAIS SAS Controller. The project page has lots of information on where the project team would like to head next and is looking for participants.

[4-Aug: This post has been correct to give Ben Rockwood credit for the FileBench post.]

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

[Open]Solaris Filesystem Choices

There is a great article over at  OSNews discussing the various file system choices in Solaris 10. The first paragraph of the article is below and sets the tone for the rest of the article:

Solaris Filesystem Choices

posted by John Finigan on Mon 21st Apr 2008 19:00 UTC

When it comes to dealing with storage, Solaris 10 provides admins with more choices than any other operating system. Right out of the box, it offers two filesystems, two volume managers, an iscsi target and initiator, and, naturally, an NFS server. Add a couple of Sun packages and you have volume replication, a cluster filesystem, and a hierarchical storage manager. Trust your data to the still-in-development features found in OpenSolaris, and you can have a fibre channel target and an in-kernel CIFS server, among other things. True, some of these features can be found in any enterprise-ready UNIX OS. But Solaris 10 integrates all of them into one well-tested package.

 It is great to see such a great article showing up on OSNews. Well done John and thanks OSNews!

To complete the picture I think it would be important to highlight the other file systems that are being worked as part of OpenSolaris. These projects can all be found at the Storage Community projects page. Some of the file system work that should be noted include:

There is a growing excitement around storage and OpenSolaris, and these projects are a great expression of this energy.

How does OpenSolaris and open source play a roll in your storage solutions? Does it help or is it creating problems? Let me know I'm interested in hearing ...

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