Cheap storage solution

October 19, 2009 at 11:05:52
Specs: Ubuntu
I need help in figuring out a cheap storage that follow the following requirements:

200TB and expandable
Low performance

This storage is going to be used at a DR site just to hold files.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advanced!


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October 19, 2009 at 11:50:29
By "cheap", what kind of target (in dollars) are you looking at? (200TB won't be cheap in any format I could think of...)

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October 19, 2009 at 13:27:40
We are thinking of some sort of array system that will house 2TB hard drives and can scale to 200TB and larger. We don't have ton's of money to spend on EMC or NetApp storage. maybe something like an array controller that we can hook into a small server (HP DL380Gx).

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October 19, 2009 at 13:39:46
You don't mention any redundancy. I would assume some type of RAID?

IMO, consumer grade 2TB drives are not dependable enough. The failure rate on even 1TB drives appears to be much higher than say 500GB or smaller drives.

Especially Seagate brand.

Have a look at the link below.

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October 19, 2009 at 14:57:04
Thanks for the HD brands. We actually need possibly a RAID array subsystem that can accommodate +200TB We aren't too concerned with fast I/O just a place to house data in case of a disaster. We need something slow and cheap.

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October 19, 2009 at 15:07:18
The sub-system is out of my realm. I just responded because of the word cheap. I linked to enterprise level WD drives. Compared to what you could use they are cheap.

I am sure someone will come along with more advice.

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October 20, 2009 at 15:11:10
Sun had a way to use all the computers on your lan or wan as storage. Only thing you needed was one of their servers and setup software. Runs on many OS's too.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 20, 2009 at 15:20:29
"We actually need possibly a RAID array subsystem that can accommodate +200TB"

For a dependable solution of that much data, you'll have to use RAID...

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