On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Jim Klimov <jimkli...@cos.ru> wrote:

> On 2012-11-22 17:31, Darren J Moffat wrote:
>> 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?
>> No it is a true appliance, it might look like it has Solaris underneath
>> but it is just based on Solaris.
>> You can script administrative tasks but not using bash/ksh style
>> scripting you use the ZFSSA's own scripting language.
> So, the only supported (or even possible) way is indeed to us it
> as NAS for file or block IO from another head running the database
> or application servers?..
> In the Datasheet I read that "Cloning" and "Remote replication" are
> separately licensed features; does this mean that the capability
> for "zfs send|zfs recv" backups from remote Solaris systems should
> be purchased separately? :(
> I wonder if it would make weird sense to get the boxes, forfeit the
> cool-looking Fishworks, and install Solaris/OI/Nexenta/whatever to
> get the most flexibility and bang for a buck from the owned hardware...
> Or, rather, shop for the equivalent non-appliance servers...
> //Jim

You'd be paying a massive premium to buy them and then install some other
OS on them.  You'd be far better off buying equivalent servers.

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