The Dell T30 is an entry-level server, and it is currently available very inexpensively (I just bought a refurbished one for $249.) I’m writing this to better explain to potential buyers what this server is, and what it is not. It’s a decent little machine, but it’s not suited for every role.
As detailed in my last post, ZFS looks like the best fit for my needs. It’s taken some time to get my head wrapped around it, so I thought I would share my initial findings here. Continue reading
Part 1 laid out my goals: move from my EqualLogic array to something cheaper, faster, with more storage. It sounds impossible, but there are some acceptable (and affordable) solutions out there.
SSD + Hard Drive Options
After some research, I came up with three possible ways to accomplish my goals, looking strictly at SSD/Hard drive integration, and leaving failover until later in my thinking. Continue reading