Synology + VMWare

From: Dave Brockman 
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Is anyone on list using a Synology appliance with VMWare (preferably
via iSCSI)?  Looking for feedback on interoperability and throughput.
 Mostly file-serving load, although there is one Exchange server in
the mix for approximately 30 users.  Intelligent feedback full of gory
technical details is worth lunch.....

Regards,

dtb
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=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ I have no idea. If you have time and can get a demo unit I have a couple spare 2950 servers w/ 32GB RAM, a Gigabit Enterasys B5 series or Cisco 3750X switch and some NICs to tinker with. I don't have room on our Nexus to throw 10Gb to it, but I can put 8x 1Gb NICs in each server. I don't know if I can actually set it up in our datacenter but I can borrow the servers & switch for training purposes without any fuss. -Bret

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I know it doesn't really help... but I gave up on my iomega NAS appliance and FreeNAS for Ubuntu 12.04 Server with ZFS. The Intel i5 box with 16GB of RAM cost less than a 5-bay Synology appliance. I haven't tried iSCSI yet. I'm mostly using NFS and AFP with just 2-3 users. At work, the SolidFire platform is built on Ubuntu 12.04. I don't think we modify the default iSCSI packages. Our tests routinely create 1000s of iSCSI volumes and connections. Our automated testing uses clients on VMware but mounts the iSCSI volumes in the client, not through VMware. I know Synology is using a Linux kernel but I'm not certain if they are building off a distro or not. Most of the features they push are stuff you get for free in almost any distro. Their UI, however, is supposed to be pretty nice and may be worth the price. And I think the savings of rolling your own drops rapidly beyond the 5-bay appliance. Once you need to add a couple SAS/SATA cards and 8+ drive bays slots, you might as well buy the bare Synology box. Of course, at that point you're talking about 20TB+ of data, so saving a few $100 or even a few $1000 isn't worth risking data loss. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Aside from the NX, I think you and have I the test bed covered :) Thank you for the offer, I may have to plan a visit just for a NX overview :) Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJR0fVcAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdtCoH/i0aEjSNUW4Y8PN5VhypWzxW Z5K374UUHb7By8RkgNmw3Lcb3SqUfYnaNokPUvmcAJ705q1A0mewwKJhmLxwG4pH uHbPy03QpRdQfOHaMnbF1V1rxK9Pnf5AebZjYkLHczW6iYzC+akuMwWoxjLrZaZ7 GsI46g5inl+Q0x6el6ce7OqLIQdpjXfxMr0aHwwVaV0qDLc8r1qhFCiAS10uFmqL kClcXesLXfqMaXCwgU+/eUEGXriVkpJDqS1qP/BECBh23B6eIEmKvc31+uvI6W60 jJELdzUcm6Q02sest8w42P+jwxkXh9rRBQABSUQIpF7/e8EN90IRQKUwD7S5Oi4= =QbZi -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Ya, the 5k has to stay in the datacenter since a pair of them run 90% of our infrastructure. But an Enterasys B5K or a 3750x and a couple servers is no big deal. We pulled the cisco out when they couldn't get the price down anywhere near to the other systems we evaluated. Over the last year I have become a big fan of Enterasys. -Bret

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 The iSCSI target seems to be the weakest link on the Linux side for using iSCSI. I was really hoping to hear SolidFire was running with LIO :) SolidFire doesn't make a product small enough for this particular use case. I did check SF out, you actually came across twitter or my RSS feed for a review while I was researching. And if a base MSA ($12-15K) is out of reach, I'm guessing you guys are barely in the solar system :) (I'd love to play with one though!) Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJR01ZPAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdy0wH/1dh55E42VOE3BD9L371U4Xr w/TyvMvWbzDCovHDmiv0unRVVwB9E0o3bH9BhnUhS5V4dVxu6kk3hKcGw3rpNlsH n6ccLfYmI9abtRT4JkQpbvXUiK8aoWDqdxC8sDyTY+EJVFWpsnZTeBRPeabEBA6S glzjgiHAcf21cqhx8eCmGBYGOqSD41p4ouUMXnFiwhUSjXjwRyTRr1hFe/AgtZ+A dG4QQFZUHt2KKG1rm2I+zee8M+G0MSEAInuRS+2snWG+cFE9KItnbBn/1r2perXI B4bL5Csxya6I4ji5vUL6r1jtHHSVxTSk64CnB1NyIGAjd/iihE32tp7KZMcZmzw= =hg5p -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----