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ZFS vs XFS

We're considering building a ~16TB storage server. At the moment, we're considering both ZFS and XFS as filesystem. What are the advantages, disadvantages? What do we have to look for? Is there a ...
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LVM snapshots vs. file system snapshots

As far as I know, LVM makes it possible to take snapshots of a volume. There are also a number of file systems (ZFS, Btrfs, reiserfs, ...) which supports snapshots. However, I've never understood the ...
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SATA Disks that handle write caching properly?

It's pretty common to see advice to disable the write cache on individual disks used for databases because otherwise some disks will acknowledge writes that haven't yet made it to the disk surface. ...
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What are the benefits of the Logical Volume Manager

What are the features and potential benefits of Logical Volume Manager beyond what is detailed on its Wikipedia page?
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Monitoring XFS filesystem health in Linux

I recently experienced a filesystem meltdown. I had a server running for about 180 days non stop without any issues, but then I noticed weird stuff happen and apparently the ext3 filesystem was in ...
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Battery Backed Write Cache

I recently got some U server price quotes and some of them include BBWC: What exactly does it do? Is it just for RAID configurations? If there is a power malfunction, isn't the data loss ...
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Using 4k drives with md/LVM/dm-crypt

I know that I have to align my 4k drives by a multiple of 8 sectors, but what about md-RAID / LVM / dm-crypt? How do I tell these layers that my drive is 4k? If they don't respect the 4k sector size, ...
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HP DL380p Gen8 (p420i controller) I/O oddity on XFS partitions

On DL380p gen8 servers using XFS on top of LVM on top of raid 1+0 with 6 disks, an identical workload results in a ten-fold increase in disk writes on RHEL 6 compared to RHEL 5, making applications ...
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Is KVM stable enough for production use in 2011?

We are planning to virtualize the existing infrastructure by an open source virtualization solution. KVM and Xen are on the final list. Big cloud players are still using Xen, and we found that KVM is ...
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LVM on software RAID

Is there any overhead for LVM over RAID, and if yes, how much it impacts the performance? Also, how reliable such setup is? Regards.
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Making SATA disk write cache safe

Supposedly (see, e.g., a question about it here), with NCQ enabled drives, the drive write cache is supposed to be safe, as in it doesn't like to the OS about data being committed to the platters when ...
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Safe filesystem for Email homedir storage? XFS? JFS? Btrfs? Reiser4?

i'm building an email system and considering some filesystem that support online-resize, safe when power-outage, and does not restrict number of files per directory(or at least can hold some millions ...
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increase disk size - use LVM or not?

A co-worker asked me why we should use LVM. With my limited LVM knowledge, I said because it allow you to easily resize/manage volumes! His idea is this: We use ESX, and have the ability to increase ...
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ext4 fs breaking after power outages

I am experiencing quite a typical but strange problem: the hdd is going bust after power cuts on my server. I can feel it huge work done by fsck on startup after the crash, and then my subversion ...
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Which filesystems offer snapshot functionality for users to recover data?

I'm working on a project that will teach linux to youth. Knowing they will have a tendency to delete or corrupt items in their home directories we are looking for a good snapshot option. We will not ...

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