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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...

Ceph Geo-replication

Brett talks 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

Ashley talks 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...

Houston ZFS and Hardware Modules

Brett gives us 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...

Ceph Monitors for CephFS Shares

Brett 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

Brett gives you 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

Brett gives you 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...

PetaSAN Benchmarking

Mitch continues 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

Mitch gives us an in-depth overview of PetaSAN; a great purpose-built appliance for Ceph iSCSI storage. Read more...

How PetaSAN Plays Well with Ceph iSCSI

Brett talks 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

ZFS Caching

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

RAID and RAIDZ

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...

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...