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Ceph & Clustering

Understanding Data Redundancy with Ceph New

Spencer is back to give his opinion on 2+1 erasure code versus 2 replica and which one is better (or are either of them good?)... Read more...

Sending and Receiving Data with Ceph New

Brett is answering a user-submitted question about sending and receiving data with Ceph. The user had asked: "Does ceph have a send receive like ZFS does to a different host somewhere else? Or does that data have to be just rsync'ed?"... Read more...

How Ceph Orchestration Tools Are Used at 45Drives New

Mitch talks about how Ceph orchestration tools are used at 45Drives. We recently received a list of questions from a user on Reddit that centers around our Houston Command Center and our Ceph Deploy module specifically. .. Read more...

Tuning and Benchmarking for your Workload with Ceph New

Mitch talks about tuning and benchmarking your storage workload with Ceph. This video is part 1 of a multi-part video series centered around Ceph... Read more...

Creating Grafana Graphs with Prometheus and Ceph

Spencer tells us how to create Grafana graphs using Prometheus and Ceph. This short tutorial will help you monitor your Ceph storage cluster and guide you through all the important metrics.... Read more...

Intelligent Tiering with S3 Storage and Ceph

Mitch is back to talk about intelligent tiering with S3 storage. This video will feature a demo that explains how to use life cycle management and intelligent tiering with S3 storage and Ceph... Read more...

The Simplest Way to Build a Ceph Cluster

Mark from our R&D team is here to walk you through our latest Houston module, that will greatly simplify building your next Ceph cluster... Read more...

How Houston's Navigator and File Sharing Modules Compliment Ceph Clustering

Brett talks about how Houston's Navigator (File Explorer) and File Sharing modules compliment building Ceph Clusters... Read more...

Adding Dedicated Journals to Existing OSDs

Brett adds to his unofficial video series "I Wish This Video Existed When We Learned This Ourselves" and walks you through the process of how to add dedicated journals to existing OSDs... Read more...

Multi-Site Storage Clustering

Brett talks about the dos and don'ts of multi-site clustering. Specifically, he contrasts the difference between multi-site and disaster recovery and between asynchronous and synchronous clustering with Ceph. Read more...

Ceph on Windows

SUZE Linux and CloudBase Solutions have released their first public beta of native Windows drivers for Ceph. Read more...

A Deeper Dive into Multi-Site Storage Clustering

I thought we would do this week is go a little more in-depth on Ceph object multisite in particular. It's really well fleshed out. It's really well supported and it's really cool. So let's jump in Read more...

Public and Private Webinars

A rundown of the free public and private webinars that we offer. Like the open-source community that we know and love, we want to share our knowledge about storage to anyone who is interested in learning about it. Read more...

Ceph Geo-replication

We talk about a new project that 45Drives has been working on using Ceph Geo-Replication. What's even more exciting, this project is now ready to be released to the open-source community! Read more...

Storage Clustering with Small Data Sets

We talk about storage clustering with Ceph using small data sets. You might think that clustering isn’t really the appropriate solution for users with small amounts of data. Read more...

Ceph Monitors for CephFS Shares

We answers a question with another analogy! This time, he talks about the recommended number of Ceph monitors to specify when mounting CephFS shares. Read more...

Intro to Ceph Clustering

Co-founder Doug Milburn talks about when to consider upgrading from a single server infrastructure to a storage cluster with Ceph software. Read more...

Understanding Ceph-Ansible Playbooks

An overview of our Ceph Ansible playbooks. Taking our playbooks for a "test drive" is a great way to find out whether this solution will work for your end application. Read more...

Ceph Deployment Tools

An overview of the main tools that are available to deploy a Ceph storage cluster. He introduces Ceph deploy, Cephadm and Ansible, discusses why we love Ansible at 45Drives and gives an outlook on where he thinks the Ceph developers are going next with these tools. Read more...

Questions & Answers from our Public Ceph Webinar

Our hugely successful webinar inspired many great questions from our customers. Our R & D team worked hard to provide expert answers to your questions. Read more...

How Ceph Stores Data

So today we're talking Ceph again, and in particular how its stores. And so, in the past I've talked - kind of high level, how it stores its data, replication, erasure code... Read more...

Sizing Large Ceph Clusters

Okay, so the reason I come to you today is we're talking about sizing big Ceph clusters, but it is a conversation I end up having a lot with our sales team and prospective customers. Read more...

Ceph and Its Components

So we've talked a lot on the channel about CephFS, why we love it here at 45 Drives, as well as we've gone in a little deeper on how to expand a storage cluster. Read more...

Expanding a Ceph Cluster

So Ceph, you've heard us talk about Ceph before, but Ceph is an infinitely scalable storage platform. It's self-healing, it rearranges its own data to... Read more...

Why CephFS is Great

So there's a couple things that make CephFS the best distributed file system, but first of all it is fully POSIX compliant and it's got full support for Linux extended attributes. Read more...

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ZFS & RAID

ZFS Caching Most Popular

ZFS is an advanced file system that offers many beneficial features such as pooled storage, data scrubbing, capacity and more. Read more...

RAID and RAIDZ Most Popular

ZFS, the file system for FreeNAS, has its own software RAID implementations. They are named differently but are functionally identical to normal RAID. Read more...

How ZFS Organizes Its Data New

ZFS does a few things differently, which is what makes it the premiere software option for storage servers. This article introduces how ZFS’s data-storage hierarchy is organized to provide new users information about the different types of devices, vdevs and zpools, how they are arranged, and some essential information to consider when creating and managing ZFS systems.Read more...

Demystifying Benchmarking for your Workload on ZFS New

During this video demo, Spencer will demonstrate how to install Rclone and connect to a cloud service. He also walks through connecting to Backblaze B2 and Ceph. Read more...

Choosing the Right RAID Configuration

Alright so choosing the right RAID level is really going to depend on what is most important for you and the application you're going to be using. Read more...

ZFS Snapshots

So a ZFS snapshot is a copy of a data-set or a volume that takes up nearly zero space and can be created almost instantly due to the way ZFS works with its copy-on-write system. Read more...

Linux RAID vs ZFS RAID

So before we dive in I thought first I would just give a little explanation on what RAID is and why it's useful. Read more...

ZFS Best Practices

Alright, so for best practice number one we're going to talk about ZFS installs. So you're always going to want to install ZFS on a 64-bit kernel. Read more...

ZFS 80 Percent Rule

So ZFS kinda is very transactional in how it makes a right. It's almost more like a database than a streaming file system, and this way it's very atomic... Read more...

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Houston

Updates to Our Cockpit Houston Modules New

Brett is back to give us an update on some new and improved modules inside Houston - our storage management platform... Read more...

An Update to Houston's File Sharing Module New

In this week's tech tip, our lead engineer, Brett Kelly, talks about updates to Houston's existing file sharing module... Read more...

The Simplest Method for Deploying Ceph Clusters (using Houston) New

This week, Brett teases an upcoming module release for Houston that promises to make deploying Ceph clusters, a breeze!... Read more...

Learn How to Create Additional Security for Houston

we have one of our data storage specialists Spencer give you a run down of how to add two-factor authentication for Houston.... Read more...

We Built a File Sharing Module for Cockpit (Houston)

This week, our lead engineer, Brett Kelly, gives us a rundown of the final module update for our July 6th Houston UI release... Read more...

We Updated Our Houston ZFS Module

In this week's tech tip, our lead engineer, Brett Kelly gives us a rundown of what's new inside our ZFS module and gives a sneak peek at what our final module update will be before our July 6th release.... Read more...

We Built a Visual Benchmarking Module for Cockpit

Our lead engineer, Brett Kelly gives us another sneak peek at a new module for Houston. In the second video of our "get em' out of the command line" Houston series, we show off a visual benchmarking module that quickly and easily gives you performance stats for your storage system... Read more...

Why We Built a Visual File-Explorer For Cockpit (Houston)

Our lead engineer, Brett Kelly gives us a sneak peak at an anticipated new module that our R&D team has been working on within Houston. Check out this video to find out why we built a visual file-explorer for Cockpit.... Read more...

Creating Snapshots with Houston

Part two of our three-part series on switching an existing server running FreeNAS over to Ubuntu and Houston. Last week, part one focused on alerts and monitoring. This week, Brett shows you how to set up automated snapshots and backing up your data using our Houston Command Center. Read more...

Alerts and Monitoring with Houston

We answer a user-submitted question about the features of our Houston Command Center. This video is one in a three part series on how to switch an existing server running FreeNAS over to Houston running on Ubuntu. Read more...

Setting up a Storinator with Ubuntu and Houston

A step-by-step walkthrough to show users how to set up a Storinator using a fresh install of Ubuntu and our Houston Command Center. Read more...

Houston ZFS and Hardware Modules

An awesome overview of the ZFS and hardware modules inside 45Drives new user interface - Houston. He shows how easy it is to set up storage pools, shares, snapshots, and more. Read more...

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Virtualization

Hosting Windows Virtual Machines with Proxmox New

Spencer is talking about how to set up Windows virtual machines using Proxmox... Read more...

Backing up Virtual Machines with Proxmox (Part 1) New

Spencer is back with a 2-part series about backing up your VMs using Proxmox... Read more...

Backing up Virtual Machines with Proxmox (Part 2) New

Spencer is back for part 2 of his series about backing up virtual machines using Proxmox... Read more...

Highly Available Virtualization with Proxmox and CephNew

Spencer is back to talk about storage clustering with Proxmox - the main way to deploy virtualized environments...Read more...

Virtualization Glossary New

This article contains a glossary of terms related to server virtualization. It contains some of the most common industry terms and open-source tools...Read more...

Virtualization basics & Benefits New

Virtualization is an exciting technology that offers many potential benefits to a massive range of applications... Read more...

why virtualize with proxmox? New

Virtualization adds an abstraction layer between physical hardware and the systems and programs interacting with it... Read more...

Using HoustonUI on top of Proxmox New

Spencer is back to talk about how Houston UI and Proxmox compliment each other when administering your storage infrastructure... Read more...

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Misc

Budgeting for Your Storage New

Chris is back to talk about the aspects of storage that you need to understand when budgeting for your storage infrastructure...Read more...

What Does It Mean to be Open-Source? New

Chris is back to talk about what it means to be open-source and how we as a company have adopted the philosophy from the very beginning...Read more...

Design Your Own Custom Front Plate! New

Your storage server doesn't have to be bland. With the help of our sales team and our custom manufacturing capabilities, we can make your server setup as creative as you can envision it...Read more...

Offline Ubuntu Repositories with Aptly New

Brett is back to finish up his talk about setting up offline repositories. This time, he is focusing on setting up an offline Ubuntu repository using Aptly...Read more...

An Interview with Thomas Frank New

Ashley and Spencer sit down with 45Drives customer Thomas Frank. Thomas is one of the most well-known YouTubers who is passionate about helping people, through his content, become more capable and productive...Read more...

Setting Up Offline Package Repositories New

Brett is back to talk to you about how to set up your own offline package repository. What happens if you need to download installation files or updates for your operating system or other package files and don't have access to the internet OR you are air gapped for security reasons?...Read more...

Indexing Files on a Mac: Made Simple with Open-Source

Spencer is back to talk about how to index files when using Mac's spotlight search. The spotlight (finder) feature for Macs does not work when you are connected to a Samba share... Read more...

Discover the Benefits of an Open-Source Storage Server

Ashley talks about a new public webinar offering here at 45Drives. Previously, we have been offering public webinars on storage clustering (focusing on Ceph specifically)...Read more...

Work and Collaborate on Files from Anywhere in the World Using Nextcloud

Spencer talks about setting up and using Nextcloud. Nextcloud is an open source, file sync and share application that offers free, secure, and easily accessible cloud file storage.... Read more...

Using Rclone for Cloud Backups (Backblaze B2 & Ceph)

During this video demo, Spencer will demonstrate how to install Rclone and connect to a cloud service. He also walks through connecting to Backblaze B2 and Ceph...Read more...

Rocky Linux, Ceph Deploy, New Repo Location & More

This week, Brett talks about new items that are going to be officially launched on August 24th. Along with our previous release of Houston modules, we will also be updating the main Cockpit interface to its newest version. The developers of Cockpit are always updating their core platform, and we want to ensure that we stay up-to-date as well... Read more...

Subscribe to the Direct Wire

Our Technology Education Manager, Ashely introduces a newsletter series called "The Direct Wire". Interested in becoming a member? Visit our website today to learn more, and become a member of The Direct Wire.... Read more...

Understanding Filecoin Cryptocurrency

Filecoin is the name. And we've been getting a whole lot of interest in it lately. So, I'm going to go through what it is, how you might be able to use a Storinator to take part in the network and then also some of the history on it as well. Read more...

Migrating Virtual Machines

We walk you through how to move your VMs from ESXi to Proxmox. Please note: The process outlined in the video will also work for oVirt, but users will want to use the QEMU-IMG tool rather than the QM tool. Read more...

Using Ansible for your IT Infrastructure

Alright, so what is Ansible? Ansible is an open source framework tool for administering, updating, pretty much anything you'd ever need to do with your IT infrastructures. Read more...

CentOS and FreeNAS

Here at 45 Drives we have a few characteristics that are at the core of our identity, and one of those is being... Read more...

Amazon S3 – What Is It & What Does It Do?

When most people use S3 (Simple Storage Service), the first thing they think about is Amazon Cloud Storage... Read more...

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Basics

Worried About A Storage Emergency? New

Ashley breaks down this new service and talks about instances that define a storage emergency, and when this particular service would come in handy... Read more...

Tech Tip - Disaster Recovery vs High Availability

Ashley talks about the differences between disaster recovery and high availability when it comes to your storage infrastructure... Read more...

Setting up remote management

Storinators use a remote management interface called IPMI, which stands for intelligent platform management interface. Read more...

What is Split brain and why do you need to worry about it?

Split brain is a state of a server cluster where nodes diverge from each other and have conflicts. Read more...

Disaster Recovery VS High Availability

Planning out your business continuity can take time, but it could be a significant cost saver in the long run. Read more...

What is a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Appliance

A NAS, or network-attached storage server, is a device that serves as a central location for data storage on your own network. Read more...

Why Enterprise Drives are Best

When you need reliability, high performance at a larger capacity - enterprise drives are the best option for a trouble-free operation. Read more...

IPMI Security

So as I touched on in a previous video, the IPMI is a great interface for system administrators to manage their server. And it does this by way of the BMC or the... Read more...

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Hardware and Redesign

Building a Petabyte Ceph Cluster for a Veeam Repository New

Brett and Mitch are looking to build a petabyte Ceph cluster for a Veeam repository. Read more...

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Storage Server

we have one of our data storage specialists Spencer give you a run down of what to expect after you purchase a configured storage server from 45Drives. Read more...

Storinator Re-Design: Modular Drive Cages

Brett focuses in on one of the major mechanical improvements of the Storinator which is the modular drive cages. These drive cages will improve user feel and serviceability when it comes to managing your Storinator storage server. Read more...

Storinator Re-Design - Direct-Wired Backplanes

Brett focuses in on one of the major improvements of the Storinator which is the direct-wired backplanes. These backplanes give us the ability for hot swapping and staggered spin-up. Read more...

Direct-Wired Architecture of the Storinator

Okay, so the Storinator storage pod is essentially a bunch of hard drives or SSD’s, if you see in our Stornado, attached to a motherboard, and how do you attach all these drives to a... Read more...

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PetaSAN

PetaSAN Benchmarking

We continue on with an in-depth look at PetaSAN with benchmark testing using our starter storage cluster of (3) AV15 servers. Read more...

An In-Depth Overview of PetaSAN

An in-depth overview of PetaSAN; a great purpose-built appliance for Ceph iSCSI storage. Read more...

How PetaSAN Plays Well with Ceph iSCSI

We talk about the two ways that Ceph is exported with iSCSI via "the Red Hat way" and the "SUSE Linux way". Plus, Brett introduces PetaSAN which is a purpose-built appliance for Ceph iSCSI storage. Read more...

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Networking

Understanding Network Connections

we're going to talk about network connections and specifically all the different types of network connections you could have in a storage server, including the 45 Drives storage server. Read more...

An Overview of the Network File System Protocol

So NFS is a distributed file system protocol that was developed way back in 1984 by Sun Microsystems, but today it's considered an open standard which means anyone can use it... Read more...

Network Bonding with CentOS

Network bonding is where you take two or more network interfaces and you combine them into a single logical network interface. This can be great for... Read more...

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45Drives

Server Configuration Packages New

Chris is back to discuss the configuration packages that are available when purchasing your Storinator product(s). When we say we are going to support you through the entire process of solving your storage problems, we truly mean it. Read more...

The Origin Story of 45Drives

Brett Kelly here for another 45Drives Tuesday Tech Tip, except this week, it's less of a tip and more of a story people ask all the time. And we love telling the story, frankly. Where do you come from, what is the origin story of 45 Drives? So let's get into it. Read more...

Storage as a Service

What is STaaS? STaaS stands for storage-as-a-service, and it's part of the whole trend towards renting or subscribing to some sort of IT infrastructure, which probably started with software-as-a-service or SaaS. Let's come back to STaaS in a little while. But first, let's talk about why it exists in the first place. Read more...

Introducing the Mi4 and C8 Servers

Introducing two new products from 45Drives; the Mi4 and the C8. These front loading servers are perfect for storage infrastructures that need to be affordable and high-performing but don't necessarily need a massive amount of storage. Read more...

New Operating System for 45Drives Storage Servers

An update on our operating system of choice going forward for our server products. You may have heard that IBM and RedHat are "killing off" CentOS Linux. This has forced us to be a little more strategic, as we choose a new primary operating system going forward. Read more...

45Drives vs Legacy Vendors

Ashley talks about the advantages and longevity of a 45Drives storage server compared to those provided by legacy vendors. She talks about "planned obsolescence" and how some legacy vendors plan to have a pre-determined life for their hardware. Read more...

Origin Story of 45 Drives

Alright, so the story begins with Protocase. So for those who are unaware, (Protocase, I’m wearing the hat today) Protocase is 45 Drives’ parent company. Read more...

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