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File System Primer

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Richard Jones

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Posted: 23 May 2006

Linux offers a number of file systems. This paper discusses these file systems, why there are so many, and which ones are the best to use for which workloads and data. Not all data is the same. Not all workloads are the same. Not all filesystems are the same. Matching the file system to the data and workload allows customers to build efficient scalable and cost effective solutions.


  1. Introduction
  2. Workloads of Differing Needs
    • 2.1 Business IT
      2.2 HPC (High Performance Computational Clusters)
      2.3 Workgroup
      2.4 Desktop
  3. Linux File Systems. Why so many?
  4. File System Comparison
  5. File Access Protocols
  6. Workload File System Recommendations
    • 6.1 Collaboration
      6.2 Database
      6.3 Web Services
      6.4 File Serving (NAS)
  7. Parallel Cluster File Systems

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