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Nexenta & ZFS basics: GREAT intro to ZFS from HansDeLeenheer

(Editor’s note: We’re passing on a great blog on ZFS from HansDeLeenheer. You can find out more about Hans here.)

TITLE: Nexenta and ZFS Basics
By: HansDeLeenheer

Today I was invited at the OpenStorageSummit EMEA in Amsterdam. They could have just called it Nexenta Summit but hey, who cares? It was a really nice summit. Not to big but everyone you could possibly imagine was there. It was great meeting for example CEO Evan Powell and VP Marketing Bill Roth amongst alot of local Nexenta sales people as global techies (Theron Conrey and Andy Bennett). 

So what the heck is Nexenta doing? No more or less than ZFS on steroids:
"...The core storage platform, NexentaStor™, is a software-only storage operating system based on Linux and a storage-optimized file system based on the OpenSolaris / Open Storage ZFS file system. With this unique combination of open source codebases, NexentaStor delivers the ease-of-use and developer-friendly aspects of Linux in tandem with the power and scalability of the revolutionary ZFS file system..."

Yes, software-only! This means you literally can choose whatever commodity hardware underneath that you want to. To take advantage of support your config will be validated off course. In this first blogpost I'll go quickly over some architectural basics and in a second blog I'll elaborate more on the scaling/HA part of Nexenta. 
This is how the basics of ZFS look like:


Read the full article, and a SuperHero mapping, here.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.