[CentOS] xServes are dead ;-( / SAN Question

Nicolas Ross rossnick-lists at cybercat.ca
Mon Nov 8 21:36:00 EST 2010


> Perhaps FreeNAS would fit the bill?
>
> http://freenas.org/features
>

Thanks for the suggestions (others also), but I don't beleivee it'll do. We 
need to be able to access the file system directly via FC so we can lock 
files across systems. Pretty much like xSan, but not on apple. xSan is 
really StorNext from Qlogic, but half the price per node. So, we are 
searching for an alternative to xSan, on linux.

For those who don't know xSan, you can access a fibre-channel volume 
directly, and simultanously among many clients computer or servers. Access, 
locking and other tasks are handled by a metadata controler who is 
reponsible for keeping things together. No controler, no volume, hence a 
failover controler is needed.

So from what I've read so far, I'll be stuck with StorNext.

Some nodes have dedicated volumes on the fiber channel network, and I 
beleive with what I've read that I could replicate not too difficulty what 
we've done with the guid partition and apple lable volumes.

Thanks,
Nicolas 



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