[zfs-discuss] ZFS NAS build: hardware recommendations.

Zenny garbytrash at gmail.com
Wed May 29 02:02:59 EDT 2013


On 5/29/13, Allen Chan <Allen.Chan at five9.com> wrote:
> Wow so many responses already. Amazing =)
>
> Christ,
> I am open to AMD boards. Any suggestions?
> The plan is for the SSD to run on the SATA3 and the 6 data drives to run on
> the lsi.
> I will start with six 3TB drives for 12TB of capacity with 2 parity drives.

Hitachi 4TB are the ideal for production-quality.

>
> Deadlift
> Thanks for the tip. I will check out hard forum.
> After reading article after article, isn't one of the most crucial part of
> ZFS the memory? My main thing is data integrity. Cannot lose the TB of raw
> photos =(
> I am thinking of using Centos.

Or you can use nas4free or freenas if you just need a NAS.

>
> Alex,
> I looked into the HP N40L. I read in many places "For systems with large
> disk capacity (greater than 8 TB), a general rule of thumb is 1 GB of RAM
> for every 1 TB of storage."
> Starting with 12TB and will grow, this rules out the HP N40L with 8GB.

Only if you enabled deduplication.

>
>
>
> From: Alex Braunegg
> <alex.braunegg at gmail.com<mailto:alex.braunegg at gmail.com>>
> Reply-To: "zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org<mailto:zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org>"
> <zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org<mailto:zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org>>
> Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:30 PM
> To: "zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org<mailto:zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org>"
> <zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org<mailto:zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org>>
> Subject: RE: [zfs-discuss] ZFS NAS build: hardware recommendations.
>
> Hi Allen,
>
> I run ZoL on a number of HP N40L systems - 4 bay HDD, but can be configured
> to use 6+ drives, 8GB ECC.
>
> HP are looking to change out the current form factor of the Micro servers –
> but at the moment they make a nice option. My non development (production)
> HP N40L runs no issues as a NAS / media server doing what you specified +
> iSCSI, virtualisation and a couple of other tasks as well. I rarely see the
> system overloaded.  I am using the WD Red’s in the 4 bay’s  + 1 in the ODD &
> a laptop drive for the OS install – run’s really well.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Alex
>
> From: Allen Chan [mailto:Allen.Chan at five9.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, 29 May 2013 3:00 PM
> To: zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org<mailto:zfs-discuss at zfsonlinux.org>
> Subject: [zfs-discuss] ZFS NAS build: hardware recommendations.
>
>
> Hi all,
>
>
>
> I am in the planning phase of a NAS/Media Server home build. I have been
> subscribed and reading this mailing list for the last month or so. I have
> looked at the mailing list archive and haven't seen 2013 threads about
> hardware recommendations so i want to start one. My purposes for the server
> is for backups of photos/computers and as a media server running Plex.
>
>
>
> What are some configurations that has worked well? My budget is $800-$1600
>
>
>
> Motherboard: This is the one that i am most interested in for opinions.
> Requirements are ECC support with SATA3 ports. Supermicro seems like a good
> choice but the ones that support ECC memory usually only has 2 SATA3 ports.
> (which kind of forces me to use a separate controller). Any suggestions for
> motherboard would be appreciated?
>
>
>
> CPU:  With motherboard chosen it is usually a easy choice to find CPU
>
>
>
> Memory: ECC DDR3 etc. lots of choices.
>
>
>
> Hard Drives: lots of choices. all preferences. Going to be 1 SSD for OS with
> 6 Sata3 drives RAIDZ2.
>
>
>
> SATA Controller: Any good recommendations for this?
>
>
>
> Looking forward to getting feedback on the matter.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Allen Chan
>
>
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