With Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), it’s now possible to configure and deploy a capacity-optimized NFS server – shared storage that costs less and stores more. Using the new Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) module introduced in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, you can provide shared optimized storage for backups, virtual desktops, virtual servers, and for containers.
This post demonstrates how to create an advanced Network Attached Storage server that provides advanced capacity optimization services by combining VDO with many of the existing Red Hat features such as thin provisioning and snapshot capabilities. Combined with the high performance NFS server implementation provided by Red Hat, you get a powerful solution that can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. For this example I’m using an industry-standard server with 10Gb Ethernet connectivity and SSD storage. In later articles I’ll use the NFS server to store various types of data and look at the results in terms of efficiency and performance.
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