Originally Posted by Swakoo
I am planning for a storage solution for a media company, for them to store large amount of their magazine work on it. Estimated required space per year is almost 3TB.
I'm thinking is it even feasible to use linux as a base operating system with huge-ass amount of data space behind it...
just thinking wildly now.. not sure abt the actual implementation.. hence I thought i ask you guys, to see if there's any suggestions
I have a 2TB backup server here, using IDE drives. I would use RAID5, but I don't know what your requirements are. RAID5 will give you redundancy (if 1 drive fails, your data is not lost as in LVM) and fast reads, but writing is slower since it would be writing to all the drives.
What will your accesses be like? As keratos asked, is it for backup purposes, or will the users be accessing data from it? (honestly, either way I would probably use RAID5 - I hate to lose data, and a mirroring setup takes too many drives IMHO). If a lot of the users (20+) will be mounting the drives via NFS then I would use either a BSD distro or a Solaris distro as those seem to be a little better at handling NFS that Linux (speed wise).
Not sure what the limitations are as far as how many TB's the kernel/file system will handle, but if you go extremely large you may want to look at things like iSCSI and fibre channel. Grab a Linux magazine and look at the ads in there for the NAS solutions. Most of the larger companies I do work for end up using a NAS box of one form or another.