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Build a cheap terabyte Linux file server

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Prices continue to drop and data densities continue to increase. This article is a very detailed, multi-page discussion covering the entire process of building a large RAID-based Linux file server.
We wanted a large >= 1TB file server mostly to store backups.

Well I looked at some commercial options and most of them came in at about $20000, and lacked the ability to be easily expanded. The only option to expand a lot of the commercial options was to add another unit and split your data across two of them. It was the lack of easy expandability that actually won the day. A lot of the commercial options are very similar to what I build, a lot of them even use the 3ware cards which I was considering.
 read more | mail this link | score:7375 | -Ray, July 21, 2001 (Updated: February 7, 2004)
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