[lug] Cheap centralized storage

rm at fabula.de rm at fabula.de
Sat Nov 2 04:18:16 MST 2002

Just as an addendum: there's a nice series of articles on
the Logical Volume Manager and the EVMS on IBM's developer website:


These tools make management of diskspace much easier.

Ralf Mattes

On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 11:26:19AM -0700, Orion Poplawski wrote:
> I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive centralized disk storage 
> solutions.  I'm working for a scientific research company that uses a fair 
> amount of disk space, though not huge by some measures.  About 3.5 TB is in 
> place right now, distributed among many machines and NFS automounted on 
> demand.  This situation is tolerable, and it allows one to distribute cheap 
> IDE disks in various machines.
> If possible though, I'd like to consider moving to a more centralized 
> solution which might provide easier management and tape backup.  However, it 
> seems that most mid- to large- scale SCSI systems are quite expensive.  And 
> IDE seems limited in the amount of disks supported in a single machine, at 
> least until serial-ATA is in production.
> Any thoughts?  Are there server motherboards out there with "lots" of IDE 
> interfaces?  Other cheap drive interfaces (FW? USB 2.0?) to look at?
> - Orion 
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