[Gluster-users] Hardware advice?

phil cryer phil at cryer.us
Fri Sep 24 19:44:12 UTC 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM, Janne Aho <janne at citynetwork.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> We are looking into setting up a glusterfs cluster to store VM images (for
> KVM and VMware). Usually we have machines from Dell, but we haven't found
> any good machine to use which allows a good amount of disk space and
> possibility to have at least 4 NICs (we are thinking about using 10 gigabit
> network, otherwise we need to bond and use more NICs).
> Sure we could buy just off the shelf stuff to keep the cost down, but we are
> looking for having a good hardware support (to be sure if something breaks
> down, that we will get spare parts).
> Does anyone here have suggestion on hardware that can do the following:
> 1. having iDrac or similar (remote access to console)
> 2. at least 4 NICs which can be 10 gigabit (this for redundancy).
> 3. have an architecture which is supported by gluster (with other words no
> mc68k).
> 4. having space enough for a good amount of disks or jbod that can be
> connected to the machine (please no suggestion on Promise jbods).
> 5. It has to be rack mounted

We currently have six servers setup like this in our Gluster cluster:

We have more details if you need them, so far, so good is our experience!


> If suggesting something else than Dell, please give some price indication on
> the hardware, don't care if it's accurate or not, just that I get some
> understanding if it's something that can fit our budget.
> Thanks in advance for your replies.
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