In my last post, I talked about my decision to build a FreeNAS box. Today I'm going to dive into the hardware I selected, starting with the motherboard, CPU, and memory. FreeNAS runs on any PC hardware, but building a reliable and scalable storage solution means picking higher-end components. I selected a Supermicro X10SL7 server-class motherboard with 14 (!) SAS/SATA ports … [Read more...] about My FreeNAS Build: Supermicro X10SL7, Intel Haswell Xeon, ECC RAM
This regular series features highlights from the week. My writing: My thoughts concerning HDS following their "blogger day" in London My good friend W. Curtis Preston announced more Backup Central Live! dates; you really ought to go see him! Other great stuff: Intel Announces New Xeon 4 Socket CPU (E7); Dell, HP and IBM Slated to Refresh … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, April 8, 2011
Ever since Microsoft and Intel declared that the combination of Windows and Nehalem could deliver over a million iSCSI IOPS, I've been curious about just how they did it. What black magic could push that many I/Os over a single Ethernet connection? And what was on the other end? Now Intel has revealed all in a whitepaper, and the results are surprising! What iSCSI Did Let's … [Read more...] about How Did Microsoft and Intel Get 1 Million iSCSI IOPS?