So it seems that 10GBaseT is closer than I thought in my previous post. Asus has recently released a US$200 10GBaseT card which also supports 5 and 2.5Gbit. Following this, they’ve released another card, the cheaper XG-C100C with a MSRP of US$99 - although in the AU market, it seems to be selling for only about $30 less than the first one.
I’ve got a fileserver with two ZFS pools on it. Many terabytes of storage and much more reliable than individual disks. Single drives aren’t fast or reliable and I can’t fit all my Steam games on my RAID0 SSD pair. But the fileserver can read and write at close to 500MB/second. However, it’s on the other end of a gigabit ethernet connection, so it tops out at 120MB/sec - barely faster than a normal HDD. So what can we do? Isn’t 10GbE still crazy expensive?
I ended up with a drive letter on my desktop mapped to a SMB share on the fileserver and (most) Windows apps treat it no differently to a local drive. With a Steam library on it, I’m not going to be short on space for a while. But every time I go to load something, it’s bottlenecked by the gigabit connection.
(why ‘panzer’? The default name of a zfs pool is ‘tank’ and there already was one on the server)