I need to create a massive (relatively! :-) and expandable storage area for digital images with as much redundancy as practically possible. Ideally it would be accessed using eSATA but gigabit ethernet will do.
I guess I'm trying to create my own local mini-cloud.
I use an OSX client.
Budget is tight! :-)
It's critical that the system never loses any data in the event of a disk/server failure.
I was thinking of using microservers, each with three X 2TB disks set up using RAID 5.
I can set up each individual server but how can I create the 'Pool'? I want to be able to access all the files apparently through one point, not have to browse separate servers.
If I follow this howto using GlusterFs:
can I simply create multiple versions of the server and have each instance seamlessly add to my pool of storage?
Will GlusterFs automagically take care of my data should one server/disk fail?
Is there an easier way to solve my problem?
I'd be grateful for any pointers :-)