Hardware Thread, Spare hard drive solution in Technical; Originally Posted by nephilim
Alas no...it comes with the standard 6. You have to buy the expansion cards for it ...
5th February 2014, 10:26 AM #16
Huh? All 22 ports are attached to the bottom edge of the motherboard. You can see all of them in the photo.
Originally Posted by nephilim
5th February 2014, 10:31 AM #17
the specs of the board according to AsROCK is that it only has 6 sata ports...and the article says this...
"The first one is going to be one of the wildest designs on the Z87 platform, using an LSI 3008 chip combined with a 3X24R expander to provide sixteen SAS-3/SATA 6 Gbps alongside the six SATA 6 Gbps ports already provided by the chipset, giving 22 total."
5th February 2014, 11:38 AM #18
Our ICT teacher has just been asking me about shared / distributed file storage for video editing, so I guess I'm looking at a similar system too. I'm assuming you're on Windows workstations of some kind - you tend to find whole experimental file systems on Linux rather than Windows as it's more the kind of platform for tinkering with stuff like this. You're right, it should be possible to write a massivly distributed file system to work over multiple workstations, but that doesn't mean that anyone has actually written anything that is going to be suitible for our particular needs.
Originally Posted by Lounds
I'm guessing 200 machines distributed around a building are going to be too unreliable to act as storage nodes in a traditional RAID-style array - you could, for instance, make each spare harddrive available via iSCSI, then have a central server connect them up. You could try the same thing (individual disks connected via iSCSI to a central controlling server) as a Ceph cluster with a large redundancy figure set (3 or 4, maybe?), although I'm not sure what kind of network traffic that might produce.
How does DFS actually work? Am I right in thinking we can set up a number of SMB shares (i.e. one on each workstation), then get a DFS server to join them together into one filespace, but with the actual sotrage being local to each machine?
5th February 2014, 02:02 PM #19
5th February 2014, 02:05 PM #20
ok, agreed, no PCIE card required, but it is still an expansion on the board :P
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