I’ve been gone for a few months (but kept my node online) but in the last month my Drobo I was using as a iSCSI target decided it was done and toasted itself and most of the drives in it. Such is life, but I did get a nice amount of money out of the node while it was up. Enough to build a small PC to replace it as well as a few NAS 6 TB drives to start over.
So now that I have the ability to start again I wanted to get a feel for what the best solution is today for rebuilding. I’m debating between the following:
I’m going to keep using virtualization to some degree, but here are my options. If I’m missing anything or someone has a better solution, fire away.
Windows HyperV Host (either 2012 R2 or 2016) with individual Ubuntu VMs (1 vCPU & 2GB Ram) with OS drive on SSD and STORJ mapped data mapped to a single 6 TB drive. As the drive fills up spin up another VM with the same specs and so on and so on till I run out of drive bays (10 bays).
ESXi Host (similar to above)
Run 1 Ubuntu VM with more than one storagenode Docker, each with their own drive.
A FreeNas solution running ZFS? Does storagenode run on FreeNas?
Hardware Raid? Last time I was around the forums this was not the preferred solution.
While the Drobo kicking the can sucks, I was never 100% happy with the setup so I have the ability to start fresh.