Monday Apr 07, 2008

Great Article - Building A Home Fileserver using ZFS

I just read this series of articles "A Home Fileserver using ZFS". Simon Breden, the author, has done a great job here and doubtless these will be much referenced.

Also, while looking for some help on setting up iSCSI, I came across this very concise tutorial that is worth reading if you want to get the Solaris iSCSI target and initiator configured and working. The initial steps can be performed differently  using more recent releases of Solaris Express/OpenSolaris than used in the tutorial.

Saturday Sep 08, 2007

Papers on the Fundamentals of Storage Area Networks (Fibre Channel & IP Based)

About four years ago, when I was in a different role at Sun, I wrote a document called the Sun SAN Cookbook which gathered together all the obscure configuration rules for Sun Storage in a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network. Every storage array had a different set of rules in those days: it was something of a minefield!! Over time the SAN connectivity characteristics of Sun's storage arrays came into some kind of alignment and that part of the document became less important..and eventually went away all together; what remained was a general guide to Fibre Channel SANs and that is now published as an article on BigAdmin called SAN Fundamentals: How Fibre Channel SANs Are Built, Secured and Managed. It is worth reading if you are trying to understand how Fibre Channel SANs work.

About a 18 months ago I looked into IP SANs and iSCSI. The resulting document is also now on BigAdmin and is called IP SAN Fundamentals: An Introduction to IP SANs and iSCSI. It provides the reader with useful background information on the fast moving world of IP SANs and iSCSI.

I don't do SAN stuff no more, so these papers will stay as is, but the technology does not stand still: Solaris 10 8/07 (AKA Solaris 10 Update 4) just came out and includes a Solaris iSCSI Target; if you combine that with the Sun Fire X4500 and Solaris ZFS you start to see some very interesting possibilites!

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