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2.7. Hardware Considerations

You should take the following hardware considerations into account when deploying a GFS2 file system.
  • Use Higher-Quality Storage Options
    GFS2 can operate on cheaper shared-storage options, such as iSCSI or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), but you will get better performance if you buy higher-quality storage with larger caching capacity. Red Hat performs most quality, sanity, and performance tests on SAN storage with Fibre Channel interconnect. As a general rule, it is always better to deploy something that has been tested first.
  • Test Network Equipment Before Deploying
    Higher-quality, faster-network equipment makes cluster communications and GFS2 run faster with better reliability. However, you do not have to purchase the most expensive hardware. Some of the most expensive network switches have problems passing multicast packets, which are used for passing fcntl locks (flocks), whereas cheaper commodity network switches are sometimes faster and more reliable. It is a general best practice to try equipment before deploying it into full production.