A customer is looking to replace or augment their Sun Thumper with a ZFS appliance like 7320. However, the Thumper was used not only as a protocol storage server (home dirs, files, backups over NFS/CIFS/Rsync), but also as a general-purpose server with unpredictably-big-data programs running directly on it (such as corporate databases, Alfresco for intellectual document storage, etc.) in order to avoid the networking transfer of such data between pure-storage and compute nodes - this networking was seen as both a bottleneck and a possible point of failure.
Is it possible to use the ZFS Storage appliances in a similar way, and fire up a Solaris zone (or a few) directly on the box for general-purpose software; or to shell-script administrative tasks such as the backup archive management in the global zone (if that concept still applies) as is done on their current Solaris-based box? Is it possible to run VirtualBoxes in the ZFS-SA OS, dare I ask? ;) Thanks, //Jim Klimov _______________________________________________ zfs-discuss mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://mail.opensolaris.org/mailman/listinfo/zfs-discuss