Architecting a Data Storage System

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Designing a large-scale, high-performance data storage system presents significant challenges. This paper describes a step-by-step approach to designing such a system and presents an iterative methodology that applies at both the component level and the system level. A detailed case study using the methodology described to design a Lustre storage system is presented.

A good data storage system is a well-balanced: each individual component is suited for its purpose and all the components fit together to achieve optimal performance. Designing such a system is not straightforward. A typical storage system consists of a variety of components, including disks, storage controllers, IO cards, storage servers, storage area network switches, and related management software. Fitting all these components together and tuning them to achieve optimal performance presents significant challenges.

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