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SubjectRe: Questions about Enterprise Storage with Linux
Tom Sightler wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm seeking information in regards to a large Linux implementation we are
> planning. We have been evaluating many storage options and I've come up
> with some questions that I have been unable to answer as far as Linux
> capabilities in regards to storage.
> We are looking at storage systems that provide approximately 1TB of capacity
> for now and can scale to 10+TB in the future. We will almost certainly use
> a storage system that provides both fiber channel connectivity as well as
> NFS connectivity.
> The questions that have been asked are as follows (assume 2.4.x kernels):
> 1. What is the largest block device that linux currently supports? i.e.
> Can I create a single 1TB volume on my storage device and expect linux to
> see it and be able to format it?


[root@pdsfdv10 data]# df .
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/rza3 1046274600 889731608 146074448 86% /export/data

> 2. Does linux have any problems with large (500GB+) NFS exports, how about
> large files over NFS?

[root@pdsflx002 pdsfdv10]# df .
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
1046274600 889731608 146074448 86% /auto/pdsfdv10

(same filesystem, via NFS)

files > 2gb need LFS support in ia32 environments.

> 3. What filesystem would be best for such large volumes? We currently use
> reirserfs on our internal system, but they generally have filesystems in the
> 18-30GB ranges and we're talking about potentially 10-20x that. Should we
> look at JFS/XFS or others?

ext2 works fine, you just have to wait about 3 hrs to FSCK a crashed
filesystem; ext3 also works fine. Get a 2.2.18, apply the ext3 fs
patches, bang, your done.

reiserfs won't work via NFS, without kernel patches.

Thomas Davis | ASG Cluster guy |
(510) 486-4524 | "80 nodes and chugging Captain!"
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