Don MacAskill, chief geek and CEO of SmugMug says" ZFS is the most amazing filesystem I’ve ever come across. Integrated volume management. Copy-on-write. Transactional. End-to-end data integrity. On-the-fly corruption detection and repair. Robust checksums. No RAID-5 write hole. Snapshots. Clones (writable snapshots). Dynamic striping. Open source software. " He is also excited about the CoolStack 5.1 stack available in Open Solaris along with …[Read more]
To save Solaris from a certain death ?
Reading Planet MySQL the last couple of hours I'm trying really
hard to convince myselve the Solaris offensive there is not
orchestrated.. but I can't.
It might ofcourse be the fresh MySQL users that Sun brought in on their platform that started out blogging but hey .. I`m paranoia right :)
Are they really trying to get at least a fraction of the MySQL community on Solaris. Do they really think they can ? Yes they lost a zillion of Solaris customers that were running a proprietary database to MySQL on Linux users ,, but why would they want to move back to a semi proprietary setup ?
According to Linuxjournal Alan Cox seems to think that ZFS is the only thing that is keeping Solaris alive. I don't think DTrace was a bigg mass tool that would convince the crowds to suddenly move to an other operating system.
So is Sun trying to Lock In a community ? …[Read more]
Network.com setup in Vegas, Thumper disk bay, green by Shawn Ferry
As I expected it would, the fact that I used ZFS compression on our MySQL volume in my little OpenSolaris experiment struck a chord in the comments. I chose gzip-9 for our first pass for a few reasons:
- I wanted to see what the “best case” compression ratio was for our dataset (InnoDB tables)
- I wanted to see what the “worst case” CPU usage was for our workload
- I don’t have a lot of time. I need to try something quick & dirty.
I got both those data points with enough granularity to be useful: a 2.12X compression ratio over a …[Read more]
A compilation of today's news of interest:
Marco had a small expedition tracking a bug in GlassFish v2 interacting with Syslogd. He found a solution and has Posted his Story and Patches. Still working on how the fix will migrate back to the main repository.
OpenSSO now has a set of RESTful Web Services to access its functionality to do things like authenticate, authorize, validate, etc.
And, on the same topic, the JCP just formally announced that JAX-RS …
Pimp My Drive by Richard and Barb
There’s remarkably little information online about using MySQL on ZFS, successfully or not, so I did what any enterprising geek would do: Built a box, threw some data on it, and tossed it into production to see if it would sink or swim.[Read more]
I thought I'd share a note I sent earlier in the week to Sun's leaders - about the turmoil we're seeing in the markets, and how I want our team focusing their efforts.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Jonathan Schwartz
Date: September 30, 2008 12:02:29 AM PDT
To: All Sun
Subject: Headlines, Financial Crisis, etc.
You can't have missed today's headlines - the American Congress failed to pass a critical bill authorizing the Treasury to put a floor under the US banking sector. The market swooned, and politicians in the US, and across the world, are bickering over the right long term answer - jump in and take action to save the troubled institutions, or step aside and …[Read more]
UPDATE at bottom.
I just wanted to extend my congratulations to the team at Greenplum, and our joint customers at Fox Interactive Media - the folks behind MySpace, Photobucket, IGN, FOXSports.com, and a whole series of web properties that together represent one of the single largest audiences on the web.
All three of us announced today that Fox is running a massive production data warehouse built atop Greenplum's data warehousing software on Sun's Solaris/ZFS based OpenStorage platforms (a sea of Thumpers, to be specific). That is to say, open source software is at the core of one of the world's largest - and most affordable - data warehouses.[Read more]
Recently I am been testing few pieces of Storage projects of OpenSolaris with PostgreSQL.
One of tests involves using an iSCSI disk with
PostgreSQL. Unfortunately the storage that's available
is in Colorado while my PostgreSQL server is
located in Massachusetts. Latency will definitely be one of my
top problems since storage is halfway across the country
(in Colorado). Plus the fact that I will be running a database
server on my end doesn't really sound like a good idea.
Come to think about it, this could be a more common problem
nowadays since Cloud Storage (for example Amazon S3 Webservice )
could be optimistically half way across the country
and pessimistically be on the other side of the world.
So what are my options to solve such problems? …[Read more]
It's been over a month (and three hurricanes in America) since I've posted a blog. More than a few of you've noticed - thanks for the prodding...
It's been a busy summer, on nearly every front. Customer activity hasn't slowed down, and the good news surrounding the (otherwise unfortunate) economic crisis embroiling many customers (especially those in the financial services industry, a heavy concentration for Sun) is that it's whipping up the winds of change. Customers facing spending pressure, or tiring of vendor price increases have new options, and there's a new appetite to explore those options (nothing like mandates from the CEO to reduce spending by 50%).
One of my more interesting recent meetings wasn't with a customer, though, it was with an equity analyst from a global financial institution. Equity analysts publish research that feeds the investment community - their (free) research and financial analysis accompanies …[Read more]
I just bumped into the Sun BluePrints Wiki and I think it is worth a visit. It is a companion to the BluePrints Blog and part of the move towards Self-Published Content at Sun, which increases agility and responsiveness to user's needs.
The Recent Content page lists chronologically the latest changes. The more recent entries are created in Wiki format, while the earlier ones are PDF attachments.
Some of the documents that caught my attention include: