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comment Cheap but Highly Available Shared Storage?
This is the fun solution :-) Only problem is supportability, both from a software and hardware standpoint (OS patches, hardware compatibility, subtle driver failures, ...). It's also not highly available but given the low cost it is feasible to have multiple of these and to use host-based software RAID to make it highly available. This question has thought me that there is a cheap, consumer-hardware solution space and an expensive, enterprise solution space, with not much in between.
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comment Cheap but Highly Available Shared Storage?
well the problem we ran into in Australia was that one of our support guys had to have his credit card charged before they could ship a replacement drive, they would refund the money as soon as they received the disk back. Pretty tough for enterprise-level support :-/
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comment Cheap but Highly Available Shared Storage?
I must say, their XRaid is interesting, with it they seem to offer the same technology that made Drobo popular. This test on SmallNetBuilder reveals it to be best of class: smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30725/75 Now the only problems are worldwide support and the non-rackmount formfactor, that could be a tough sell. Very interesting nonetheless.
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The Thumper is some very nice hardware, but it's still on the expensive side and it doesn't allow two controllers (well, that would be 2 mainboards). I'm still a fan though...
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