Grant Peel gpeel at
Mon Jul 20 18:52:12 UTC 2009

Hi all,

I am assuming by the lack of response, my question to too long winded, let 
me re-phrase:

What kind of performance might I expect if I load FreeBSD 7.2 on a 24 disk, 
Dell PowerVault when its only mission is to serve as a local area storage 
unit (/home). Obviously, to store all users /home data. Throug an NFS 
connection via fast (100m/b) ethernet. Each connecting server (6) contain 
about 200 domains?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grant Peel" <gpeel at>
To: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 10:35 AM
Subject: NFS- SAN - FreeBSD

> Hi all,
> Up to this point, all of our servers are standalone, i.e. all services and 
> software required are installed on each local server.
> Apache, Exim, vm-pop3d, Mysql, etc etc.
> Each local server is connected to the Inet via a VLAN (WAN), to our colo's 
> switch.
> Each server contains about 300 domains, each domain has its own IP.
> Each sever is also connected to a VLAN (LAN) via the same (Dell 48 Port 
> managed switch).
> We have been considering consolidating all users data from each server to 
> a central (local), storage unit.
> While I do have active nfs's running (for backups etc), on the LAN only, I 
> have never attempted to create 1 mass storage unit.
> So I suppose the questions are:
> 1) Is there any specific hardware that anyone might reccommend? I want to 
> stick with FreeBSD as the OS as I am quite comfortable admining it,
> 2) Would anyone reccomend NOT using FreeBSD? Why?
> 3) Assuming I am using FreeBSD as the storage systems OS, could NFS simply 
> be used?
> 4) Considering out whole Inet traffic runs about 2 Mb/s, is there any 
> reason the port to the Storage unit should be more than 100 M/b (would it 
> be imparative to use 1 G/b transfer)?
> TIA,
> -Grant
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