The impact of small files on backup process

The following was written by my student, Timothy Trindle. I asked him to prove or disprove a few conjectures and assertions about how NFS + default OnTap filesystem configurations suffered when massive numbers of very small files are involved. Tim devised the tests and executed them with minimal need for guidence from me. The following…

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A decision has to be made

I have been nursing along two FBSD 8.x file servers for several years. A few years ago we de-emphasized commodity servers running FBSD in favor of NetApp filers but they were/are still needed for the labs that use them. Recently, a third lab has decided to replace an old/failing Solaris 10 box with a new…

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Registration is open for the 2014 Cascadia IT Conference

The 2014 Cascadia IT Conference schedule has been published. We’re ready to welcome people to another great conference.   Join us for two days of training and technical presentations on lots of IT-related topics. If you do any kind of IT support this is a great conference for you.   Head on over to the registration page to sign…

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2013 LISA lightning talks signups are now open

The LISA conference has a lot of interesting, informative, and invigorating content. Now it's time to add some illumination to it as well! The lightning talks are a great chance for last-minute thoughts to be presented in a public forum.   The talks will be from 16:00 to 17:30 on Wednesday the 6th of November,…

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2014 Cascadia IT Conference Call for Proposals

  Please consider submitting a tutorial or talk (or both) proposal for the 2014 CasITConf. It will be 7 & 8 MAR, 2014 at the Deca in Seattle (same place as this year's conference). Please tell anyone else you think might be interested.

casitconf’13 discount rate extended a few days

An impressive number of registrations over the past few days has prompted us to extend early bird pricing through Monday, March 4th. Save as much as $75 over at-the-door pricing by registering before 11:59pm Monday evening! If you’re visiting Seattle from out of town, don’t forget to make your hotel reservations by phone and be…

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Registration for casitconf’13 is open

The moment you've all been waiting for is here! Registration for the 2013 Cascadia IT Conference is now open! The schedules for tutorials and technical sessions are posted. Full descriptions of all the tech talks will be posted in the next few days. Please share the news with anyone you think might be interested.