The BeaST storage system with ZFS and CTL HA, latest news

Finally, I did it! The BeaST storage system with ZFS and CTL HA works in ALUA mode with zpools balanced over controllers. The BeaST Quorum automates Failover/Failback operations.

Yes, I have something to say now:

Read the full description on the BeaST project page: The BeaST Classic – dual-controller storage system with ZFS and CTL HA

Known limitations:

  • I have to use virtual shared drives for cache (in-memory cache mirroring works badly for now, but I will win this battle someday).
  • After a controller failure/recovery occurs, a special offline procedure must be used to re-balance zpools over controllers.

As usual, the BeaST is on early development stage, do not run it in production!

I need testers to check if it works for someone else then me 🙂

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About mezzantrop

12+ years of experience in large SAN and storage environments: mainly Hitachi, HP and Brocade. Now I am a proud SAN/storage IBMer. Redbooks author. The BeaST – storage-system concept inventor. Empty – expect-like tool developer. FreeBSD enthusiast.
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