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The reason most people buy everything from one vendor is simple - support. I buy HP, we can call them up at any time and know that they'll deal with any problem we have as they supplied it all. Buy bits from here, bits from there and you're giving each vendor a perfectly justifiable 'get out clause' to stop talking to you when you're in trouble. So it all ...


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External hard drives. They are: available in large capacities inexpensive per gigabyte arguably more reliable than CD or DVD media easily accessible for years to come with a USB connection very portable


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Yes, it matters, but not for the reason you're thinking. According to the NIST: The disc should be stored in its case and placed vertically, like a book, on a shelf. Long-term horizontal storage, particularly in a heated environment, can cause the disc to become permanently bowed. (from ยง5.2.6) I recommend reading the entire document if you're ...


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I think ZFS is a bit overkill. Considering that building a box and doing all the manual work requires extensive knowledge and time (and $$$), I wouldn't recommend it unless that's what you want/need. It sounds like you're looking for a simple consumer-level NAS device, but I can't tell from your question what your exact needs are. If best performance is ...


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SSD drives have memory cells with finite lifespans; the more you write/erase/write to the cells the sooner they go "bad" so frequently accessed drives with something like a heavily used database will drive down the life of the drive. I don't know if there are any "enterprise ready" SSD drives on the market that offer high reliability either. That would lead ...


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Building your own OpenSolaris server backed with ZFS, using iSCSI exports, frankly. Drobos suck, and any consumer-grade NAS you get is going to cost you more than building a complete OpenSolaris box.


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We make it a point not to rely on physical media for precisely this purpose. When we get physical media, it is ripped to ISO almost immediately and put on a dedicated file server along with text files including any registration/serial info needed. We generally throw out product manuals (especially the bulky ones) because more often than not, digital copies ...


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Performance/Price ratio.. How about a dual core atom nettop with a couple of 1T drives in a mirror. Total cost about $400. Cheaper than a Drobo, but not as 'cool'. You don't tell us what your desired size is or what 'fast' means to you. Without more info it's difficult to make an informed recommendation


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Having worked in Dell support, I can tell you that inserting non-Dell drives will not void your warranty on the MD array, but you'll find it very hard to get any support at all. Suppose a drive fails, and you suspect the array backplane instead of the drive - until you get a Dell supported drive and check the array using that, there is no proof the array is ...


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I imagine you're not using a cluster-aware file system, you're probably using something like FAT, NTFS, ext2/3/4, XFS etc. You'll need to use a cluster file system such as OCFS2, Microsoft Cluster-Services enhanced NTFS, Veritas Storage Foundation, VMFS or others. This is a very basic but all too commonly misunderstood problem for junior storage techs to run ...


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Yes, remove it from the web server and store it on another device. Store it on a ZFS volume and utilize its deduplication features so that you're not using up expensive storage and you also have a robust, error resistant filesystem. Yes, you can use Amazon / cloud storage. Nothing "wrong" with that, but there is an expense to that solution that will become ...


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Like a number of people recommended build your own box, unless you have the budget to buy from a storage vendor. The problem is that most consumer grade solutions tend to have fatal flaws that will impact the end result. Look in to OpenSolaris, or Openfiler which I find to be very good.


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If you don't mind building the box yourself, FreeNAS is an alternative. Power of BSD with an Open Source price. FreeNAS 0.7RC1 includes ZFS support.


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I'd look into Thecus products. We have a Thecus N5200 as our onsite backup storage target, which locally stores backups for retrieval purposes, and is blazing fast. We're currently looking into purchasing more for use as a camera storage backup system. Either the N5200 (5 disk cube style) or an N8800 (8 disk rack mount). From what I read on the 8800, it ...


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I would recommend solid state storage, as the media is much less likely to degrade or malfunction. I would also recommend double backing up your data and frequently moving it. This allows you to catch the failure of any media and remedy it by using the good copy. It also allows you to move formats if a format becomes redundant.


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Dell has a NS500 for arround $3k use MS storage server.. you can add an iscsi target to it. I used one in the past for a VMWare cluster that had 150+ Vm on it. Never had a problem. Now I run on an EMC Cx4 which is more like $30k ;)


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You can't do this with a normal file system, as Chopper3 has pointed out. Trying to do this will quickly lead to data corruption. What you should do is either use a cluster-aware file system, or use a replication technology to synchronize two separate volumes, each presented to a single server.


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The magic Keyword in this case is Logical Volume Manager (short LVM). With this you can create volumes, and attach harddrives to this volume. Then you can mount this volume on /var/wwww It is possible to use this LVM with RAID system in Combination. So you can push speed or data-security(in case one drive breaks down). And i would reccomend you to use RAID ...


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This is an ancillary post regarding lifespan of a DVD: Quoting from National Archives FAQ on Optical media storage: 5) What is the shelf life of unrecorded CD-R/DVD-R discs? It is best to purchase new CDs/DVDs as they are needed. According to the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA), the unrecorded shelf life of a CD-R/DVD-R disc is ...


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I think if it made any difference at all, that difference would be so minute - that the chance of merely its detection would be significantly lower than that of dust particles spontaneously springing into life.


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This may vary from place to place but purchasing a complete assembly, rather than just a bare machine means no matter what breaks you only make one phone call to get it repaired or replaced under warranty. The custom drive firmware mentioned by gekkz is also important. I've heard of people who have experienced system failures and were told that the use of ...


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Anything but DLINK. I, together with many many unfortunate DNS-323 users, experience horrible data loss incidents with DNS-323. http://wiki.dns323.info/information:known_issues http://forum.dsmg600.info/viewtopic.php?id=885


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I was looking at storage servers offerings from both Dell, HP, Sun, and others a few months ago. In all the quotes and specs I received the vendors offered fairly competitive prices for the drives compared to what I could buy on the street. I suspect if you look closely you will see you were being offered SAS instead of SATA or drivers with higher RPMs. ...


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Following would block MTP connected device access Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Removable Storage Access WPD Devices - Deny read access - enable source : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530324.aspx


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The technology you are looking for is called RAID (Redundant Array of Independent/Inexpensive Disks). You can create a disk array on a number of levels. Hardware controller (LSI Logic etc) or integrated storage (Drobo etc) Software on the driver level like Dynamic Disks (windows), mdraid (Linux/MacOS) Software on the volume or filesystem level like ZFS, ...


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Can you disable all MTP devices outright? It would break both read and write to those devices, but in a secure environment you may not care. The removable device write protect option is a special case to handle that kind of thing. Apparently it only covers removable block devices. It would be crude but if you can identify an .inf file or .sys driver file ...


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What exactly did they set up? Did they checkout a copy of their svn tree on a webserver somewhere? If so, that's a perfectly acceptable thing to do (if you secure it so .svn is not accessible to everyone!). Or are they trying to host this directly from the svnserve binary? That would be less then optimal, and probably won't last too long once it sees a ...


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When it comes to database read operations it's best they won't require any (disk) storage access at all. If read query speed is your concern make sure all data is held in-memory. update My advice just throwing as much memory as possible at your database addresses only the simple assumption that using SSD will give you better read operation performance.


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Yes its realistic to start on a shared server and upgrade later, but a VPS would probably give you more flexibility and time before you need to upgrade. As long as your developers are careful to divide the "dynamic" (web pages) part of the site and the "static" (mp3 files, images, videos) up into different dns names, moving it around later won't be too much ...


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Don't forget that the list price is only for those people who never ask for an offer. When you buy big name vendor stuff it's most likely that they'll be able to offer special prices which include better support options or other goodies. Ie we have some sun gear (sans, server, etc.) and we have never ever paid the list price no matter how small the order.



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