[Beowulf] Any recommendations for a good JBOD?

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Feb 18 14:21:35 EST 2010


5TB is fairly low end.  Our 6 and 9 TB DV units do this with 12  
drives.  Uses mdadm and our tools atop it.  Don't have pricing in  
front of me but they are quite inexpensive.  Iscsi nfs cifs yadda  
yadda.  2 gbe ports you can drive at full speed.

Please pardon brevity and typos ... Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 18, 2010, at 12:37 PM, Rahul Nabar <rpnabar at gmail.com> wrote:

> Discussions that I read on this list in the last couple of months
> tempt me to do away with hardware RAID entirely for a new
> mini-storage-project I have to do. I am thinking of going for a JBOD
> with Linux Software RAID via mdadm. Hardware RAID just doesn't have
> the original awesomeness that it had me mesmerized with.
>
> Any recommendations for a good JBOD? The requirements are simple. 5
> Terabytes total capacity. SATA drives. Don't need high performance:
> these are for archival home dirs. No active jobs run from this
> storage. Reliability and low price are key. Some kind of
> Direct-Attached Storage box. RAID5 or RAID6 maybe. Already have a
> pretty fast 8 core server with lots of RAM that I can hook this up to.
> Neither bandwidth nor IOPS  need to be terribly high. Most of the data
> here is pretty static and not often moved around.
>
> One of the things I notice is that 5 Terabytes seems too low-end these
> days. Can't find many solutions tailored to this size. Most come with
> 12 or 16 bays etc. which seems excessive for this application.
>
> -- 
> Rahul
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