Coming from a unix/storage/datacenter background I could easily build a massive farm (If I had the harddrives I could have a 72 tb storagebox by tomorrow morning just with the stuff I have laying around my house).
So lets do some dry shopping.
I’d use refurbished HP enterprise hardware and a bit of sorcery to glue it all together.
I’d hire a full rack in a datacenter (not that expensive in the amsterdam region) and put in the following hardware:
Main storage node: Mr Fatboy
1x HP DL580 G5 (4 cpu, buttload of ram, 10 ? pci-e slots). I’d put a couple of LSI 3801 SAS cards in it, each card can connect 8x HP MSA 60 (2u, 12 bay, max 2 tb per slot). Lets say 2 cards, so I can hook up 16 drive trays supporting 192 tb of data (I’m just counting raw data without any redundancy). I’d put in a nice qlogic fibrechannel card in target mode and hook it up to a san switch. Sounds expensive, but really isn’t anymore if you use the older 4gbit hardware…
This node will be providing fibre channel storage to a couple of pizzaboxes that will act as maidsafe farming nodes and all use the same storage (via fibrechannel) from the fatboy mentioned above. Using thin provisioning all pizzaboxes will have 192 tb at their disposal, and every pizzabox will direct connect to a couple of different carriers. Lets say I use 4 pizzaboxes with 4*1gbps each, all to different carriers. To the untrained eye, it then seems there’s 16 farms.
So, farming away and away and away… everybody lives happily ever after (especially me), but then mr Fatboy breaks and all my 16 virtual nodes die.
Would it be possible that my greedy setup causes dataloss on the maidsafe network, because all copies of the same data are stored on Mr Fatboy because there’s actually no way of telling where the data physically resides ?
And, would a massive farm setup like this help or screw the maidsafe network ?
I hope I’m explaining this well…