I shouldn't have bothered with all the 'clarifications'; I'd hoped to show that 64bit is FAR from obsolete, and not to advocate some other FS. Hence the title I used (Re disk capacities..., not XFS is better)
But yes, XFS in itself is rather vulnerable, and maybe CERN has been moving away from relying on it.
XFS is intended to be used with LVM, which may significantly improve the resilience; it seems zfs wraps volume management up in the FS.
But if you pay attention, it looks like they're using Solaris as the best fileserver, and not for any actual work. Oracle is attempting to convince them to use Niagaras, but no sign of folding yet...
As far as whether they'll move to Solaris, the sl mailing list shows several people disgusted with Oracle's hardware support :
> Approach Oracle reseller to get quote about getting additional drives,
> only to discover that not only did Oracle EOL the J4400 in Dec 2010,
> they also EOLed accessories so it is no longer possible to get the
> drives. EOLing the array itself is fair enough, but the drives too,
> what a way to treat customers that have invested in their products!
> Apparently this is the case with quite a lot of "older" Sun hardware
> not just the J4400.
If you like Solaris you might check out Nexenta. Runs great on
SuperMicro hardware (or even Dell + MD3000's).
We are a fairly big "Sun" shop, but the decision to go with more and
more Dell/IBM/HP is becoming easier and easier -- especially for