Planing hardware / software for a potential growfs… 

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Thu Mar 20 03:45:13 PDT 2008


I am planning to setup various services (including mail server, DNS  
server, hosting / web services) that could potentially grow in a very  
important way.

As a resonable person - I would like to plan It for my actual needs  
(suiting the first year of exploitation = 1Tb) and after that  
eventually grow the file system using the most simple and less anoying  

I wanted to have your point of view on the potential way to build the  
best hosting solution, knowing that most important things are:

- Use (if possible) a 100% compatible FBSD solution.
- Also be compatbile with other flavor of Unix (Linux,…).
- Offer an expandable and simple to manage solution for storage.
- Figure out a good solution for backup.

Today I have 2 solutions in mind:

1. Use a blade system including 2 or 3 blades at first with an  
external attached storage device (whom type has to be defined);
2. Use various servers on their own and dispatch services accordingly  
on each server.
3. Another solution…

I wanted to know:

- If anyone has been using blade system with FreeBSD and what problem  
he has been facing?
- If you have some specific advise regarding File System configuration  
or options?
- What storage solution you find best and easiest to manage?

Main point is: stability and sustainable.

Thanks for your support.

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