LizardFS Software Defined Storage is a distributed, parallel, scalable, fault-tolerant, Geo-Redundant and highly available file system. It allows users to combine disk space located on several servers into a single name space which is visible on Unix-like and Windows systems in the same way as other file systems.
Unique features of LizardFS
- Support for multiple datacenters and media types
- Fast snapshots
- Transparent trash bin
- QoS mechanisms
- Quotas and a comprehensive set of monitoring tools make it suitable for a range of enterprise-class applications
From the blog post:
For the past few months, I’ve been running LizardFS on my home servers, providing 26 TB of error-checked, erasure-coded storage. All on mismatched disks spread over two computers.
I like it. A lot.
As an unorganized digital packrat, I have spontaneously purchased hard drives of very varying capacities over the years. In my storage cluster, I have 250 GB disks all the way to 8 TB disks. Conventional RAID filesystems, like ZFS or software RAID, tend to not handle mismatched disks very well, and they do not let you use all the disks to their fullest capacity.
- Read more: LizardFS is Pretty Nice