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ZFS and Solaris notes

2009-02-09 15:16:08

It is possible to install Open Solaris on a Dell server with an MD1120 disk array, and use ZFS on the individual disks in a JBOD config.

Trick number one: you can't actually just tell the PERC6 controller to put all the drives in a big JBOD config. You actually have to go in the BIOS and create 48 individual RAID 0 configs each with one drive. The UI for doing this sucks donkey balls, each drive takes about 10 keystrokes.

This config guide is awesome to get started.

In doing this I ran into funky bugs in the solaris termcap. This blog post has good info on the solution: just replace the Solaris xterm-color termcap with one that isn't broken.

We successfully set up a zfs with a pool of 8 raidz2 virtual devices, each with 6 disks. So a total of 4.6 TB of usable storage with decent I/O and redunancy. It's hanging off of a Dell R900 16-core Xeon with 128GB of RAM. Benchmarking it now with some mysql databases.


zfs get all <POOLNAME>

shows all the compression and blocksizes and other props of the file system.