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    Large storage system

    Hi!

    I'm new to the forum but have been using ubuntu for some years now, my problem is that i'm a noob at large server systems. so my question is :

    How can i set up a system, that makes 2 or more (multiple) physical servers look like one big storage server, with capability to expand. Lets say i have 2 servers with 4 TB storage each, what i want is to combine the 2 servers storage capacity so it look's like one HDD with 8 TB storage. And then i want a third server sharing that "virtual storage" as a CIFS share. And if at a later point I need more storage capacity i can just add another server. is this possible, and if so, how?

    Thanks in advance!

    ( Sorry for bad english!! )

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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    You are looking for distributed filesystem like glusterfs, andrewfs etc. Try looking in that direction.

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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    Quote Originally Posted by nebileix View Post
    You are looking for distributed filesystem like glusterfs, andrewfs etc. Try looking in that direction.


    Thanks for quick reply!

    I have already looked at GlusterFS, wasn't sure if it was what i was looking for, but i will give it a try and post later when i have tested it.

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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    Looks like a description of CEPH to me.
    I have a cluster of 3 server for a total of 9TB storage. If I need more storage or need to add another server it is just a few commands and I have more.
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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdtron View Post
    Looks like a description of CEPH to me.
    I have a cluster of 3 server for a total of 9TB storage. If I need more storage or need to add another server it is just a few commands and I have more.
    Yep, CEPH is nice and look promising.

    Oh, and that remind me of lustre as well.

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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    Hi, i have tested GlusterFS and everything works great, was exactly what i wanted. Thanks for all help!
    Last edited by a.hk; November 13th, 2013 at 01:15 AM.

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    Re: Need help setting up a large storage system

    Good that it is working for you.

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