Introduction & RE: Clustering with Freebsd

Craig Lewis clewis at
Wed May 11 09:01:07 PDT 2005

Brilliant, this sounds like a great alternative to iscsi! ?  So
potentially the 6.0 release might contain aoe? On roughly that time

I have had extensive discussion on another list about building a free
bsd based mail server. Since currently our mail server is not that
heavily loaded I was thinking I might could get away with gigabit, NFS,
and maildir format to 'share' the filesystem between the nodes. Then as
we grew as a company, maybe we could better afford network attatched
storage, and maybe there would be better support in bsd for things like
iscsi or now AOE. Yes, I know the TCPIP stack and gigabit would consume
lots of cpu, but both of these are getting cheaper and cheaper, and
again.. .we are not even close to a high load situation. 

Any one have comments, experience, or suggestions on the above, or an
even better way to share file systems on io intensive servers like mail
servers. ? I would be interested to hear any summary reports on using
network attatched storage on freebsd. i.e. lessons learned.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-cluster at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-cluster at] On Behalf Of Christian
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 10:42 AM
To: Phil E.
Cc: FreeBSD Clustering List
Subject: Re: Introduction & RE: Clustering with Freebsd

On Wed, May 11, 2005 at 09:25:43AM -0600, Phil E. wrote:
> Hello all,
> My name is Philip Elder. I reside in St. Albert Alberta, Canada.
> My wife and I run our own I.T. business here primarily focused on
> infrastructure though I still use the command line more than the GUI.
> I am pretty green when it comes to FreeBSD. I am learning, slowly. My
> is to build clusters, cluster based storage solutions, and some other
> jumping around in my mind. I chose FreeBSD because of its stability.
> do not have any programming experience at this time but I am willing
> learn to as well. I do have a fair amount of server based
> design, implementation, and support experience though (I've been in
> industry since the early 1990's).
> I have been doing a lot of research and am wondering if perhaps this
may be
> a place to start as far as a file system foundation:
> Here is more from the developer:
> Please feel free to let me know if I am way off base here as this is a
> way for me to learn! ;)

Hi Philip,

the author of that ATA over Ethernet driver has been a committer for a
few month and will probably import it into the source tree.

- Christian

Christian Brueffer	chris at	brueffer at
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