Friday Sep 26, 2008

Using remote storage with PostgreSQL

I stumbled upon an interesting blog post this morning. Jignesh Shah from the Sun ISV partner group blogged ZFS with Cloud Storage or Faraway Storage. In this post he describes how us uses some of the latest features of ZFS, like the ZFS L2 ARC and the Separate Intent Log to gain some performance when using remote storage. Seems like an interesting use of these ZFS features.

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Friday Jul 11, 2008

Happenings in the OpenSolaris Storage Community

Happenings in the OpenSolaris Storage Community

This has been a crazy week. I've been running around trying to keep from having too many tasks fall on the floor. Unfortunately I don't think I'm doing very well. I'm sure way too many things didn't get done ... but let's quickly catch up on what good things did happen:


With all this going on, and having some good friends no longer working at Sun –enjoy retirement Mike, I guess it has been a pretty full week.

Until next time ....

Friday Jun 13, 2008

COMSTAR - Server = Storage Array??

Over the past few weeks information about a great new storage feature in OpenSolaris has been trickling out. The feature is COMSTAR (COMSTAR = COmmon Multiprotocol SCSI TARget). To learn more about COMSTAR the OpenSolaris project page include a number of videos and an outstanding administration guide.

I personally had the chance to play with COMSTAR a few weeks back and found it simply amazing. It was so cool being able to create a ZFS volume and share it to a windows host in around 10 minutes. I wrote up my experience in this presentation. There is a chance the presentation as given to the Front Range OpenSolaris User group may soon be a video.

Some other interesting reading about COMSTAR are:

There was also the press coverage:

I'm sure the excitement is just getting started and I really look forward to how this technology will be used in a future product ...

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