iSCSI and multi-terabyte support?

Kurt Buff kurt.buff at
Wed Oct 10 21:21:58 PDT 2007

On 10/10/07, pete wright <nomadlogic at> wrote:
> On 10/10/07, Kurt Buff <kurt.buff at> wrote:
> > At my place of work, we're looking at implementing a SAN, most likely
> > with iSCSI, some time next year, and likely about 5-10TBytes.
> >
> > I was wondering if FreeBSD could provide this on COTS hardware, but my
> > googling hasn't been successful.
> >
> > >From my reading of this list over the past couple of years, it seems
> > that both parts of the solution - iSCSI support and large disk support
> > - are still problematic, but I'd like to hear more informed opinion,
> > as the potential cost savings is quite large.
> >
> > Anyone have recent-ish experience putting something like this together?
> >
> IMHO opinion I do not think FreeBSD is there...yet.  ZFS is addressing
> many of the enterprise filesystem features that would be needed to
> implement something on this scale, and there is the iSCSI target from
> NetBSD available in the ports tree.
> I think 7-RELEASE is going to be a solid foundation for building
> solutions like this - but in the mean time it may be worth considering
> OpenSolaris if are considering going the COTS path.
> or - you can take a look at a company like Isilon Systems
> ( which builds very scalable filers based on
> FreeBSD.  I have beta tested their iSCSI implementation and it does
> look good.
> -pete

Thanks - being a noob at this particular part of IT, I appreciate the feedback.


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