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I'm seriously considering putting Solaris 11.1 (FREE for non commercial purposes) on system for use as a file server on my network. Anyone have experience with how well it plays or how heavy ZFS runs on it? I'm looking at pretty outdated hardware so I'd like to see if it will even work.

Outside of that, I'm being offered a rack mounted p550 with AIX 6.1 which I know will work just fine. Just don't know how comfortable I am running SAS drives in the event that one fails.
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I've not used Solaris 11 but I'm familiar with 10 and below. It's a nice OS, but if you're just wanting to run ZFS then I'd probably suggest FreeBSD instead as OpenZFS is forking slightly from Oracle ZFS and (in my opinion) you future proof yourself with OpenZFS as there's always the possibility that Oracle might one day close up access to Solaris even for non-commercial use.
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I'm more interested in a unix oriented file server over ZFS. I'm more of an AIX guy but I just got training on 11.1 and it looked interesting.
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To be fair, FreeBSD does everything that Solaris 11 does and is pretty much UNIX as well (albeit not in a purist sense). But I'm not going to get into a platform war smile.gif

Am I right in thinking your p550 is an old POWER6 box? I'm not sure you can even get Solaris 11 for that CPU architecture, and even if you can, I wouldn't want to make any boasts about ZFSs performance on any 32bit processor. As to whether you can install Solaris 11 without ZFS, I'm not sure, but I certainly wouldn't want to run a file server without it.
Edited by Plan9 - 1/29/14 at 7:14am
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it's a power5+ and it would be running AIX 6.1. To be honest I'm looking for an excuse to play with another flavor of unix over linux but I can't find a strong enough reason to put solaris on my x86 over using my 550 with AIX.
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Originally Posted by Black Magix View Post

it's a power5+ and it would be running AIX 6.1. To be honest I'm looking for an excuse to play with another flavor of unix over linux but I can't find a strong enough reason to put solaris on my x86 over using my 550 with AIX.

Ahh right, I completely misread your OP. Sorry.

I probably wouldn't bother with Solaris either if I were you. Had you had a 64bit system with about 4GB RAM then I might be making bigger arguments in favour of ZFS (I run it on a few servers myself and it's proven invaluable at times), but it's really not worth the hassle on anything less than that.

As for Solaris, I used to love it but since Oracle bought Sun I've given Solaris a bit of a wide birth. Which might sound petty, but I've had a pretty bad experience with Oracle as a company over the years and since FreeBSD has containers ("Jails"), ztrace, ZFS and the same kind of stability as Solaris boasts, I see little point buying into Oracle again now. So I don't really miss Solaris these days (and I suspect you'll probably find it a step backwards from AIX too, if what I've read about it is to be believe). So if you're not going to get ZFS running, then I just wouldn't bother using Solaris as a file server.

That's just my opinion though smile.gif
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Am I right in thinking your p550 is an old POWER6 box? I'm not sure you can even get Solaris 11 for that CPU architecture, and even if you can, I wouldn't want to make any boasts about ZFSs performance on any 32bit processor.

IBM went full retard with their system naming convention during the power 4 line of CPUs. They decided to name the models starting with a six, for example Power4 p690 was their flagship machine. That kinda ruined it for the Power6 chip, so both power 5 and power 6 have models with the same naming standards, ie, 520, 550, 595 etc. Only now that they released power 7 that they have gone back to 720, 750 and when power 8 is released they will continue as per normal.

FYI the Power architecture went 64 bit in 1998 when Power 3 was introduced, I have never seen a 32 bit power chip myself, I'm not that old tongue.gif.
Edited by CaptainBlame - 2/2/14 at 3:09am
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IBM went full retard with their system naming convention during the power 4 line of CPUs. They decided to name the models starting with a six, for example Power4 p690 was their flagship machine. That kinda ruined it for the Power6 chip, so both power 5 and power 6 have models with the same naming standards, ie, 520, 550, 595 etc. Only now that they released power 7 that they have gone back to 720, 750 and when power 8 is released they will continue as per normal.

FYI the Power architecture went 64 bit in 1998 when Power 3 was introduced, I have never seen a 32 bit power chip myself, I'm not that old tongue.gif.

1998 really isnt that long ago tongue.gif But yes, sadly I am that old frown.gif
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