Building my own awesome “NAS” box for precious family photos will take a pretty penny to complete and even then I wouldn’t have backups in case of disaster (I’m a disk over tape/dvd guy). So to get me started I’m using Amazon’s EC2 service.
For the moment, I’m using one Micro instance with 3x50GB extra drives in a ZFS RAIDZ. Later on I’m hoping to either compliment it with NAS at home or perhaps another Micro instance in another datacenter…or both.
Either way, I basically only had to do the following after creating the instance.
sudo apt-get install zfs-fuse
sudo mkdir /cloudnas
sudo zpool create cloudnas -m /cloudnas raidz /dev/xvdf /dev/xvdg /dev/xvdh
sudo adduser myself
sudo mkdir /cloudnas/myself
sudo chown myself:myself /cloudnas/myself
I really wish I could have used the native ZFS modules instead of the fuse, but I couldn’t get it to work and I wasn’t in the mood to build zfs from source…yet.