A new 1U server for housing NetMusician website and email data has been ordered and will be hopefully put into production, or at least testing later this month.A new 1U server for housing NetMusician website and email data has been ordered and will be hopefully put into production, or at least testing later this month.
The goal of this server was to untether our storage from the VM host, to provide us with some room to grow in terms of disk capacity, to provide additional IOPS, and to allow us to expand our backup window. Email accounts will continue to be quota-less, as are website directories.
We have decided upon Solaris 10 and ZFS for this task, and serving file systems either via iSCSI or NFS (we will test and benchmark both). ZFS snapshots were quite appealing in terms of their resource consumption and flexibility, as was ZFS compression and several other features. We have yet to decide how far to expand the current backup window.
On the hardware side we are going with a 8 2.5″ drive 1U Supermicro server (we will be adding 2 additional drives via a PCI slot rafter), and an Intel quad core processor. We will test using both a single NIC as well as multiple bonded NICs.
I’ll be certain to post about any interesting experiences and findings we have during this process!