Storage for servers??

Chris Miller cmiller at
Mon Nov 24 07:18:55 UTC 2003

If it was me. I would use nfs on a big raid server. You will not need
anything to big. How much traffic are we talking about? is
a good ide way to go. A 4 port card can push around 100mbps before it
starts to have problems. Only way I would setup an nfs raid server
anymore would be a nice sun server with a d1000 or a1000 on it. Only
other thing I would point out if you use a linux server for nfs is make
sure have nfs over tcp in the kernel.  Feel free to e-mail.  I will help
you as much as I can.

On Sat, 2003-11-22 at 04:31, WipeOut wrote:
> I know this is a little off topic but I thought I would give it a try 
> here anyway becasue I think the people in this group are the right kind 
> of people to answer my question..
> I am going to be setting up a couple of servers in the near future and 
> these servers will have ever increasing storage needs..
> One server will be a web/file server and the other will be a mail server..
> I don't want to keep moving the data to bigger drives, I want to have 
> the servers use a shared storage facility that runs RAID and that 
> capacity can be increased as needed.. Preferably using ATA or SATA 
> drives to keep the cost down..
> I have looked briefly at things like SAN's but these are far to 
> expensive for our limited budget..
> I have also thought of NAS but I am not sure the access over 
> NFS/ethernet will be fast enough.. Even gigabit ethernet may become a 
> bottleneck.. I guess I could put a gig ethernet link between each server 
> and the storage server so each server has a dedicated gig ethernet 
> connection..
> Anyway I guess you get the idea about what I am trying to do..
> Has anyone setup something similar that didn't cost massive amounts of 
> money??
> Anyone got any pointers to sites or products that would point me in the 
> right direction?
> Thanks
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