Anyone using freebsd ZFS for large storage servers?

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Fri Jun 1 15:16:07 UTC 2012

> As for ZFS being dangerous, we have a score of drive-years with no loss of 
> data. The lack of fsck is considered in this intelligently written piece

you are just lucky.

before i would start using anything new in such important part as 
filesystem, i do extreme test, ssimulate hardware faults, random 
overwrites etc.

I did it for ZFS not once, and it fails miserably ending with 
unrecoverable filesystem that - at best - is without data in some 
subdirectory. at worst - that crashes at mount and are inaccessible 

under FFS the worst thing i can get is loss of overwritten data only. 
overwritten inode - lost file. overwrite data blocks - overwritten files. 
nothing more!

what i don't talk about is ZFS performance which is just terribly bad, 
except some few special cases when it is slightly faster than 

It is even worse with RAID-5 style layout which ZFS do "better" with 

Better=random read performance of single drive.

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