Anyone using freebsd ZFS for large storage servers?

Kaya Saman kayasaman at
Thu May 31 15:38:58 UTC 2012

If this is any consellation I run a 36TB cluster using a self built
server with a Promise DAS (VessJBOD 1840) using ZFS at home! to
support my OpenSource projects and personal files.

As for OS take your pick: NexentaStor, FreeBSD, Solaris 11

All capable, of course Solaris has latest version of ZFS but still.....

At work we're looking into getting a StorEdge appliance wich will
handle up to 140+ TB.

I am also in charge of redesigning one of our virtual SAN's to a
FreeBSD ZFS storage system which will run.... well how many JBOD's can
you fit on the system?? Probably round ~100TB or so.....



On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM, Oscar Hodgson <oscar.hodgson at> wrote:
> The subject is pretty much the question.  Perhaps there's a better
> place to be asking this question ...
> We have (very briefly) discussed the possibility of using FreeBSD
> pizza boxes as a storage heads direct attached to external JBOD arrays
> with ZFS.  In perusing the list, I haven't stumbled across indications
> of people actually doing this.  External JBODs would be running 24 to
> 48TB each, roughly.  There would be a couple of units.  The pizza
> boxes would be used for computational tasks, and nominally would have
> 8 cores and 96G+ RAM.
> Obvious questions are hardware compatibility and stability.  I've set
> up small FreeBSD 9 machines with ZFS roots and simple mirrors for
> other tasks here, and those have been successful so far.
> Observations would be appreciated.
> Oscar.
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