Up to this point, all of our servers are standalone, i.e. all services and
software required are installed on each local server.
Apache, Exim, vm-pop3d, Mysql, etc etc.
Each local server is connected to the Inet via a VLAN (WAN), to our colo's
Each server contains about 300 domains, each domain has its own IP.
Each sever is also connected to a VLAN (LAN) via the same (Dell 48 Port
We have been considering consolidating all users data from each server to a
central (local), storage unit.
While I do have active nfs's running (for backups etc), on the LAN only, I
have never attempted to create 1 mass storage unit.
So I suppose the questions are:
1) Is there any specific hardware that anyone might reccommend? I want to
stick with FreeBSD as the OS as I am quite comfortable admining it,
2) Would anyone reccomend NOT using FreeBSD? Why?
3) Assuming I am using FreeBSD as the storage systems OS, could NFS simply
4) Considering out whole Inet traffic runs about 2 Mb/s, is there any reason
the port to the Storage unit should be more than 100 M/b (would it be
imparative to use 1 G/b transfer)?
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