I’ve been a fan of Nexenta for a long time. I’m not sure if it was Sun’s ZFS file system, the easy-to-use web interface, or how Nexenta was able to keep up with my changing needs as my lab grew and acquired more advanced gear. Or it was support for VAAI. Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, Nexenta was a core component in my lab.
That changed a few months ago when I started a series of upgrades that culminated in my storage moving to a new server. During those upgrades, I came across a few issues that forced me to change to OmniOS and NAPP-IT as a short-term solution while waiting to see if a new version of Nexenta was released.
Nexenta is no longer viable as a storage platform in my lab because:
- Version 188.8.131.52 doesn’t play nicely with the Broadcom NICs in the Dell PowerEdge T310 that I use for storage due to a line being commented out in the driver. Even when I fix this, it’s not quite right.
- Version 3.1.5 didn’t work period when I had USB devices plugged in – which makes it hard to use when you have USB hard drives and a USB keyboard.
- Version 4 is vaporware.
The OmniOS/Napp-IT combination works, but it doesn’t meet one of my core requirements – VAAI support.
It doesn’t seem like a new version of Nexenta Community Edition will be coming anytime soon. A beta was supposed to be released early in January, but that hasn’t materialized, and it’s time to move onto a new platform.
My requirements are fairly simple. My requirements are:
- Spouse Approval Factor – My wife is 7 months pregnant and wants to buy a house. Any solution must be either open-source or extremely cheap. The less I spend, the better.
- Support for Fibre Channel – I’ve started putting 4GB Fibre Channel in as my storage network. The solution must have support for using Fibre Channel as I would prefer to keep using it for my storage network.
- VMware APIs for Array Integration – My home lab is almost entirely virtualized, so any solution must support VAAI.
ZFS isn’t a requirement for a new system, and I’m not worried about performance right now. A web interface is preferred but not required.
If you have any recommendations, please leave it in the comments.