Linked by Robert Escue on Wed 20th Sep 2006 17:45 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Sun Microsystems makes new releases of Solaris about every four to six months, in many cases all the new release contains is bug fixes and some changes in functionality. More often than not most releases go by without a great deal of fanfare. Just as Solaris 10 3/05 broke new ground with Zones, Dtrace and the Service Management Facility. Solaris 10 6/06 introduces ZFS or Zettabyte File System and the SATA framework and Xorg 6.9, which will be the primary focus of this review.
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ZFS?
by chicklin on Wed 20th Sep 2006 19:03 UTC
chicklin
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2006-01-05

Maybe I need to do some more reading or something, but I still don't see what all the fuss is about ZFS. I'm most familiar with the volume managers from Linux (LVM2, EVMS) and AIX (LVM) and their associated filesystems (EXT3, reiser, JFS, JFS2, etc.) and I guess I don't see what ZFS can do that the right combination of those technologies can't. Can someone give me a quick rundown of why ZFS is better than LVM2+Reiser or AIX LVM+JFS2?

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RE: ZFS?
by wazoox on Wed 20th Sep 2006 20:05 in reply to "ZFS?"
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2005-07-14

I think ZFS offers completely end-to-end integrated seamless tools, while LVM+whateverFS requires that you manage by hand many things, using tons of pvcreate, vgcreate, lvcreate, mkfs, etc. instead of just 2 commands in ZFS.
BTW LVM can't do RAID-4 or RAID-5, and overall LVM performance sucks(especially snapshots slow down the disk performance enormously).

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RE: ZFS?
by Robert Escue on Wed 20th Sep 2006 22:45 in reply to "ZFS?"
Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

My AIX skills are a little rusty but if I am not mistaken you cannot create a RAID 5 array using the AIX LVM, only RAID 0 (stripes) or RAID 1 (mirrors). You either have to use a hardware based solution or use Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) in order to do it in software. Either way it makes an expensive solution if you want fault tolerant storage and that still does not address ZFS' capability for snapshots, which comes at no extra cost.

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