Sorry for the delay on this.. We've got two F740.  They're setup in an
active-passive scenario with a VIP (virtual ip).  What they call "snap
mirrors" are made every minute.  So basically the "slave" filer mirrors the
master filer every minute.  The chance of a filer head blowing out is really
slim to none, so you could start with one filer.  We currently handle about
800+ domains at the moment, some of which have 400-500 accounts.  We have it
hooked into a Cisco 3550 switch.  Sorry for the delay, got busy :).


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 3:53 PM
Subject: RE: [vchkpw] SATA NAS for vpop cluster

>> I am looking around for a suitable (ie, reasonably priced and 
>> performance)
>> NAS unit in order to convert a bunch of standalone servers 
>> into a cluster.
>> SATA RAID units seem to be what I am looking for.
>> I would appreciate those out there who have experience using 
>> NAS boxes for
>> this purpose to share your wisdom.
>> What are you using ?
>> How has it been working for you ?
>> Any performance issues during busy times etc ?
>> Thanks a lot.
>> Lu

> From: Clayton Weise [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 

> We use netapps ( and it works great.  One of 
> the big things that made me move towards the netapp in place 
> of many of the other NAS units out there was the fact that it 
> runs a nix based OS.  Most of the ones, say..
> Dell for example just run a stripped down version of windows 
> with file sharing for unix.  It doesn't give you the ability 
> to make any tweaks to the nfs server.  We've been using the 
> netapps for about 6 months now and it's been awesome.  A 
> client that hosts in our datacenter turned us on to the 
> netapps nas units.  He's been using them for I think about 2 
> years now and swears by them.

That's great to hear.
Can you let me know the specific model you are using ?
How many domains are you currently handling with the above unit ?
Also, do you have any redundancy capability in case that box goes down ?

Thanks again Clayton

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