deciding UFS vs ZFS

Peter Giessel pgiessel at
Tue Jul 29 17:59:43 UTC 2014

On 2014, Jul 29, at 0:23, krad <kraduk at> wrote:

> you are correct, however if you can afford to put big drives like that one
> a system you can afford to match up a far more modern cpu with the drives
> with a decent amount of ram. Something like the hp microserver is little
> more than £100 and is more than capable of handling zfs. 5-6 year old 2nd
> had kit is as well and it probably cheaper. Also your going to have to get
> pretty creative to get a modern sata/sas drive to work in an ((e)*isa|mca)
> based board, which will nullify any cost saving of using decades old
> hardware.

That is simply not true.

At our government surplus store, I can get Pentium 4 computers with 2 GB of RAM for $25.  They have SATA ports on the motherboard, so (2) 3TB SATA Seagate ST3000DM001 are $99.99 each on Amazon right now with free shipping.  For under $250, I can put together redundant server with 3TB RAID 1 storage.

Assuming you mean ProLiant 712317-001 Ultra Micro Tower Server, those cost around $400 with 2GB of RAM.  1GB/TB of RAM to storage, it will need more RAM according to:
"A general rule of thumb is 1GB of RAM for every 1TB of storage.”

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