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    ZFS is pritty much the only FS that has no limits to how big it can grow.
    and for raid.. it can do some Mad stuff..

    i know some one that worked on it at sun.. Mind blowing. Sounds all startrek to me.

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    Open E ???

    Open E (unified storage solution) may also be worth looking at, you can use more or less whatever commodity hardware from Dell, HP etc but with all the functionality associated with the big boys such Netapp, EMC HDS etc without the cost. Has some nice feature sets (ISCI FC, snapshots, NDMP replication for DR), for a very low aquisition costs

    "The Open-E Data Storage Software V6 (DSS V6) is a unified file and block storage management operating system (OS) that provides Network Attached Storage (NAS), iSCSI, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) functionality.

    Open-E DSS V6 provides superior performance, security, and scalability at a fraction of the cost of alternative storage offerings. Advanced features of Open-E DSS V6 include Data and Volume Replication, Volume Snapshot, Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes, WORM and NDMP. Additionally, Open-E DSS V6 supports a wide variety of hardware RAID platforms from the industry’s leading names. The versatility of the Open-E DSS V6 also allows users to combine NAS systems with iSCSI SAN systems, and provides built-in virus protection, while enabling the connection of multiple Network Interface Controllers, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand. Open-E DSS V6 is easily downloaded to any hardware device for simplified access".

    Open-E DSS V6 includes NAS and iSCSI functionality and advanced features such as:

    * Installable on any media: internal HDD, RAID Array, USB, SATA and IDE DOM, or any other bootable media
    * Enhanced Graphical User Interface
    * NDMP v. 4
    * Symantec Backup Exec backup agent (RALUS) to support versions 11, 12 and 12.5
    * Basic API Configuration
    * Improved random performance of iSCSI
    * Windows Server 2008 Clustering Support (persistent reservation SCSI-3)
    * Hardware RAID Support
    * Automatic Failover for iSCSI Volumes
    * Volume and Data Replication
    * Asynchronous Volume Replication Over WAN
    * Volume Snapshot
    * iSCSI Initiator / iSCSI Target
    * Backup Functionality
    * WORM (Write Once Read Many) Support
    * Shadow Copy of OS for System Update
    * Multiple Network Interface Card (NIC) Support
    * Network Bonding/Teaming
    * Task Mechanism with Scheduling
    * Network UPS Support
    * Fibre Channel Support
    * Multi-CPU Support
    * IP-SEC



    Minimum Hardware Requirements:

    * x86 - compatible PC
    * 1 GByte RAM
    * CPU (1 GHz or faster are recommended)
    * HDD (SATA, SAS, SCSI, ATA) / RAID / Fibre Channel / iSCSI Storage
    * Network Interface Card (multi-cards 1Gb/s recommended for bonding)

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    I noticed that the Drobo is now available as the "Elite" with Dual iSCSI interfaces and higher performance.
    Fully loaded it would still come in less than £3k which must make it one of the most affordable commercial entry level SANs on the market.

    Also worth noting that Drobo Resellers can supply these on a 30 Day Return Trial so it has to be a "Worth a look" option.

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    I'm very tempted to take a look at one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    I noticed that the Drobo is now available as the "Elite" with Dual iSCSI interfaces and higher performance.
    Fully loaded it would still come in less than £3k which must make it one of the most affordable commercial entry level SANs on the market.

    Also worth noting that Drobo Resellers can supply these on a 30 Day Return Trial so it has to be a "Worth a look" option.


    Can the Elite Drobo have more than one iSCSI device connected? I'd like to know if you could attach it to more than one server or Xenserver as storage/backup.

    Thanks.

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    we use exagrid machines Data Deduplication Solutions for Disk Backup & Disaster Recovery | ExaGrid

    Basically because it does deduplication directly on the box. so backupexec throws the backups at it, and it sorts them out.

    means our 4TB box is storing 39TB of backup data...

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