GreyholeonGreyhole is an application that uses Samba to create a storage pool of all your available hard drives (whatever their size, however they're connected), and allows you to create redundant copies of the files you store, in order to prevent data loss when part of your hardware fails.
Some Greyhole usage statistics
The average Greyhole pool size is 7.3TB, and contains 5 drives. The biggest one has 52TB, and uses 18 drives.
The average Greyhole user uses his pool at 66% of its capacity.
(Stats based on 358 installs.)
In the last 30 days, the APT and YUM repositories saw 1,480 unique users, and 94 of those downloaded a package, either for a new install, or to upgrade to the latest version.
What Greyhole offers
JBOD concatenation storage pool
Configure as many hard drives as you'd like to be included in your pool. Your storage pool size will be the sum of the free space in all the hard drives you include. Your hard drives can be internal, external (USB, e-Sata, Firewire...), or even mount of remote file systems, and you can include hard drives of any size in your pool.
For each of your shares that use the space of your storage pool, indicate how many copies of each file you want to keep. Each of those copies will be stored in a different hard drive, in order to prevent data loss when one or more hard drives fail. For very important files, you can even specify you'd like to keep copies on all available hard drives.
Easily recoverable files
Greyhole file copies are regular files, visible on any machine, without any hardware or software required. If you take out one hard drive from your pool, and mount it anywhere else, you'll be able to see all the files that Greyhole stored on it. They will have the same filenames, and they'll be in the same directories you'd expect them to be.
What Greyhole isn't
- Enterprise-ready: Greyhole targets home users.
- A backup system: can I suggest CrashPlan?
- A replacement for RAID 1: If one hard drive disappears from the pool, it might take some time for Greyhole to make those files re-appear on your shares. Do not use Greyhole on systems where it's critical for files to be available all the time.
- A replacement for RAID 0: While Greyhole might help balance the random read load across your hard disks, I doubt you'll see big performance improvements using Greyhole. Use RAID 0 if you need speedy disk access, or RAID 0+1 if you need fault tolerance too.