Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fired up the SAN and Open Filer

Installed Open Filer on the Atom SuperMicro server I bought, hooked up the fiber to two enclosures and fired it up. Currently making two raid 10 arrays, with a total of 4 volumes. 1 iSCSI and 1 EXT3 volume per array. I never made a raid 10 before, figured now that I have all these drives, it's a good time to do so.

I am not sure yet if I will keep the switch there, as it is a much simpler setup to just go straight to the enclosure and use it as a DAS. I can always get another server like the one I have in the future, and do a high availability Open Filer setup, but that's beyond the scope of this project. I will not even be using this for production, it's more or less a fun toy.

The two arrays processing:

The nice thing with Open Filer is that it uses the Linux MDADM raid which is fairly standard and very easy to use even outside of Open Filer. Should the enclosure fail, or the fiber card fail, or any of this hardware otherwise stop working, I simply need to put those drives in a new enclosure, present it to any Linux box, and the data will be available again. It's really that easy, this is why I really prefer open source over proprietary stuff.

Once the raids are done rebuilding, I will play around with iSCSI and see how that goes.

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