Linked by John Finigan on Mon 21st Apr 2008 19:00 UTC
Oracle and SUN When it comes to dealing with storage, Solaris 10 provides admins with more choices than any other operating system. Right out of the box, it offers two filesystems, two volume managers, an iscsi target and initiator, and, naturally, an NFS server. Add a couple of Sun packages and you have volume replication, a cluster filesystem, and a hierarchical storage manager. Trust your data to the still-in-development features found in OpenSolaris, and you can have a fibre channel target and an in-kernel CIFS server, among other things. True, some of these features can be found in any enterprise-ready UNIX OS. But Solaris 10 integrates all of them into one well-tested package. Editor's note: This is the first of our published submissions for the 2008 Article Contest.
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RE[6]: ZFS is a dead end.
by Doc Pain on Tue 22nd Apr 2008 21:09 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ZFS is a dead end."
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No one cares about backups. They only care about restoring!

And restores have the precondition of... what? Exactly: working backups. Of course you're right, the purpose of the backups IS the restore, and that's waht people are interested in.

It's not very complicated to backup data partition-wise. Depending on what partition it is (root, system ressources, users' home dirs) you backup more or less often, and if you're lucky, restore is very easy (for example from tape or from optical media). I'm sure you know enough about this important topic so I don't need to explain further. :-)

Oh yes, you can save much time and trouble if you do your backups on /dev/null and restore from /dev/zero. :-)

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