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Issue 51:  Building a ZFS Storage System 💥

Building a ZFS Storage System 💥
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We're back with another Architecture & Build video! 

If you have been a fan of us for a while, you may remember us sharing longer-form educational videos focusing on our products and services. Well, these long-form videos are back!

This "Architecture & Build" video series showcases real-life storage builds and scenarios designed on a whiteboard and then built with hardware in our lab.

Episode 2: Architecture & Build — ZFS Edition

Virtual machines, multiple databases, file storage, or any other data-storage applications can get complicated when designing your storage infrastructure under a strict budget. That's why our team will take you through the setup of a ZFS single-server to handle multiple applications smoothly.

In this week's video, Brett and Mitch architect a file, database, virtual machine, and single ZFS storage system. It's a mouthful — but it's an awesome build. Check it out below!

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Looking to learn more about how ZFS works?

This article is a great place to start! It introduces beginners to how ZFS's data-storage hierarchy is organized.

This article does not provide a complete detailed description of every aspect of a ZFS system — it just lets you dip your toes in. If you're looking for more in-depth resources on ZFS, check out our knowledge base here

Read here

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