currently the sync process is quite long, but we're working on multithreading the coin. In fact, I believe they've already sped it up about 10 times for the next release. But for now, we have download links that you can find here on the forum, that will allow you to download the chain directly. I'm sure @haitch can help with this.
@dmp1ce I was originally looking to create very large, fully optimized plot files to minimize the mining time. However I had problems trying to plot a 16TB plot file, so reverted to smaller ones (~4TB), but I didn't bother re-configuring the ZFS layout. In hindsight I should have, but I'm not going to replot it all.
The NetApp Storage Appliance is a SAN, optimized for running as a huge raid. You could potentially setup a LUN per disk and then treat them as individual disks (I'm not familiar enough with the NetApp to say if this is definitely doable - some of the appliances virtualize the storage in such a way that multiple small LUN's might be counter-productive), but I'd use it to present one of more large LUNs.
Depending on the appliance it's probably either Fiber Channel or iSCSI, so you'll need a PC (preferably) running a Server OS to do the actual Plotting/Mining. It's not the most straight forward setup, but entirely doable - my primary miner is a Windows Server VM on an HP Workstation running VMware linked to a Solaris ZFS server over Infiniband.
If you need any help getting this setup, feel free to ask.
Yea, the problem is how little space you have plotted...
I was just looking today on eBay, and you can get an external 8TB drive for only 220 USD... ridiculous. I almost bought one out of principle!
But the good thing too, is that HDDs have great resell value, so even if you buy it and decide you hate BURST, you can always resell for almost the same as what you paid.
I'm thinking I'll pick up one regardless.
But yea, you'll not show on the list until you submit a deadline that shows up... which with such a small amount of plotted space, could take quite some time.
So my suggestion would definitely be to get more space to plot!
Might work out well. If you were going to offer it for .25. I know you can buy an HDD for less the .10 a gig. If you can stay under the average per gig it woukd bring you more I would guess.
How much space do you plan on haveing to offer total?