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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Nice
by SCHWEjK on Mon 21st Apr 2008 20:12 UTC
SCHWEjK
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2006-04-05

Good read. There were some infos that were new to me, and it gives an good overview over the topic. What I would have liked was some more information about the current status of the ZFS implementations in OpenSolaris ;)

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RE: Nice
by jwwf on Mon 21st Apr 2008 22:32 in reply to "Nice"
jwwf Member since:
2006-01-19

Thank you. I kept the size of the ZFS portion reasonable for symmetry but much, much more could be written about it. In particular, now that the iSCSI target is in production Solaris, it would have been interesting to discuss the extensive integration of ZFS and the target.

Good point about the dev features. I just checked my fresh Solaris 10 Update 5 (latest) install and the pool version is 4. The current dev pool version appears to be 10 since November 2008. Since then, they have changed the zpool on-disk spec to enable gzip compression, use of NVRAM devices for acceleration, quotas, booting, cifs, and other things.

See:

http://opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/version/10/

And cycle the number of the URL from 1 to 10.

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