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Saving Big Money With Open Source Storage

Feb 05, 2009, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

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"Digitar has been using Novell's SUSE Linux software on its HP servers since it opened its doors. However, the company tried the Linux storage subsystem a few years ago with unsatisfactory results.

""At that time, we found the Linux storage subsystem to lack reliability and the Linux Volume Manager (LVM) to be slow," said Williams. "Back then, I wasn't familiar with OpenSolaris and I must confess that I was anti-Solaris, as I had found it difficult to use while at college. I preferred the Solaris kernel but believed Linux to be more user-friendly."

"He had what he describes as a "flaky" array at that time, which was spitting SCSI I/O errors. As Linux ignored them, this led to lots of database corruption. The only reason Digitar even considered OpenSolaris as an option was because Sun offered it for free.""

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