Recently I was given the task of putting together a storage solution that would be used to house a large amount of our digital assets. I was also asked to make sure there would be enough space to meet our needs over the next few years. The project called for a solution that could scale up to around 120TB of usable space. Depending on the price, this solution might also be used to store a majority of our digital archive (audio and video).
I will go into the specific hardware and software details of the project in another post, however after about a month of research, we decided to go with a solution that was able to take advantage of the ZFS filesystem.
Here are a few documents that I found invaluable during my setup and overall planning:
These links can be a starting point for anyone who wants to gain a better overall understanding of how to best administer a server running ZFS. The ‘best practices guide’ is also a great resource to consult during the initial project planning stages.