[PC-BSD Testing] Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage

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Tue Sep 29 15:43:53 PDT 2009

Matt Olander wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Ian Robinson <fitchkendall at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Need lots of inexpensive but reliable storage space (approx. $100 per
>> terabyte)?  Check out this "open source" engineering:
>> https://www.backblaze.com/petabytes-on-a-budget-how-to-build-cheap-cloud-storage.html
>> Touted by ZDNet saying, "Raw disk cost is only 5-10% of an enterprise RAID
>> system’s cost. The rest goes for corporate jets, sales commissions,
>> tradeshows, sheetmetal, 2 Intel x86 mobos, obscene profits and some pale and
>> blinking engineers in a windowless lab who make it work."
>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=603
>> The only point warranting criticism visible to me is the use of linux for
>> the OS, but substituting FreeBSD should be no problem, eh?
> Haha! I saw this when it came out and we had some issues with how it
> was designed. We've fielded numerous calls now asking if we can build
> this for our customers. There are a lot of drawbacks to this
> architecture that are hopefully handled in the software stack.
> For Internet-based do it yourself storage, it's pretty sweet. Would I
> use it for anything requiring redundancy and/or performance? Heck no!
> Here's the take from a Sun design engineer:
> http://www.c0t0d0s0.org/archives/5899-Some-perspective-to-this-DIY-storage-server-mentioned-at-Storagemojo.html
> -matt
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Very interesting and I love the red enclosures but I seriously disagree 
with the power and cooling solutions (Why 3.5" drives WHY!?!?!? I guess 
that's another issue). I suppose in their design they left out an 
electrical engineering (power) and a mechanical engineer (cooling) ;).

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