9:59am, Richard Elling wrote:
True. At my last job, we were used to researchers asking for individual 4-5TB
filesystems, and 1-2TB increases in size. When I left, there was over a 100TB
online (in '07).
On Apr 25, 2012, at 5:48 AM, Paul Archer wrote:
This may fall into the realm of a religious war (I hope not!), but
recently several people on this list have
said/implied that ZFS was only acceptable for production use on FreeBSD
(or Solaris, of course) rather than Linux
I'm working on a project at work involving a large(-ish) amount of data,
about 5TB, working its way up to 12-15TB
This is pretty small by today's standards. With 4TB disks, that is only 3-4
disks + redundancy.
The point of a clustered filesystem was to be able to spread our data out
among all nodes and still have access from any node without having to run NFS.
Size of the data set (once you get past the point where you can replicate it
on each node) is irrelevant.
eventually, spread among a dozen or so nodes. There may or may not be a
clustered filesystem involved (probably
gluster if we use anything).
I wouldn't dream of building a clustered file system that small. Maybe when you
get into the
multiple-PB range, then it might make sense.
I've been looking at ZoL as the primary filesystem for this data. We're a
Linux shop, so I'd rather not switch to
FreeBSD, or any of the Solaris-derived distros--although I have no
problem with them, I just don't want to
introduce another OS into the mix if I can avoid it.
So, the actual questions are:
Is ZoL really not ready for production use?
If not, what is holding it back? Features? Performance? Stability?
The computer science behind ZFS is sound. But it was also developed for Solaris
is quite different than Linux under the covers. So the Linux and other OS ports
around virtual memory system differences and fault management differences. This
classic "getting it to work is 20% of the effort, getting it to work when all
else is failing is
the other 80%" case.
I understand the 80/20 rule. But this doesn't really answer the question(s).
If there weren't any major differences among operating systems, the project
probably would have been done long ago.
To put it slightly differently, if I used ZoL in production, would I be likely
to experience performance or stability problems? Or would it be lacking in
features that I would likely need?
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