FreeNAS & ZFS: The Indestructible Duo – Except for the Hard Drives

At this year’s MeetBSD, Joshua Paetzel, a core member of the FreeNAS Development Team, demonstrated the failover capabilities of FreeNAS… by pulling the drives out of two FreeNAS Minis and completely destroying them. SONY DSC Josh ran a build mounted from two FreeNAS Minis populated by four drives each. The compiler was projected on a screen so attendees could see when the build stopped running. Volunteers were then invited to pull out a HDD at random from either of the FreeNAS boxes and destroy them using a selection of tools including a hammer, vice, screwdriver, and tesla coil. Some of the people who gleefully stepped up to participate include:

  • Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD, CTO of iXsystems
  • Kirk McKusick, early developer of BSD, inventor of the Berkeley Fast File System
  • Alfred Perlstein, Sr. Director, Appliance & Kernel Engineering, Norse
  • George Kola, CTO, Voxer
  • Devin Teske, FreeBSD Developer

What was the magic number of drives that had to be destroyed before failover on FreeNAS stopped working? Watch the video to find out:

2 Comments

  1. pdwalker

    I’m curious,

    what was the exact configuration of the setup you had running for the demonstration?

    Reply
  2. ikonspirasi

    all of the drives are get hammered? what is your setup? 😀

    Reply

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