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Old 24th Dec 2007, 08:21   #1
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Set up a RAID 5 array on the Interweb

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/12...via_interweb/1

Got a bunch of free FTP accounts in various places? Fancy accessing them as a single logical device via a RAID 5 array? Don't mind setting up the software equivalent of a Rube Goldberg contraption? The answer is here.

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Old 24th Dec 2007, 08:59   #2
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This would be fine if my internet speed was greater than 300Kilobits/sec!
There's the bottleneck!
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Old 24th Dec 2007, 14:38   #3
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just a few fairly hefty flaws with the plan....

free ftp accounts tend to have transfer limits, i would imagine that the majority of your available bandwidth will be used to sync and send parity data

response times will be horrible, as will file searches.

i mean proof of concept is fine, but they could juat have easily built a raid5 array from 40 floppy drives and say the same things,
but i mean having a convoluted software raid setup just seems dumb to me, we all know software raid doesnt work very well, compared to the full fat server raid cards

unless you have a syncronus connection (same speed up and down, which you wont have in the UK unless you have a forked out serious for an SDSL line) then the system is a non starter, never mind that using your net connection like that would probably classify you as a server, which is against the the T&C's of most domestic ISP's in the UK.

frankly if you want cheap serious distributed storage consider using amazons S3 services, or just follow the how to build a linux server guide on bit, will get something far more usefull, and you can run games servers off it as well :-)
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