[CentOS] Setting up Linux File Servers in a University Environment

Fri Jul 24 01:05:55 UTC 2009
Ross Walker <rswwalker at gmail.com>

On Jul 23, 2009, at 8:33 PM, Clint Dilks <clintd at scms.waikato.ac.nz>  

> Hello Everyone
> I work for a University Department that has a high number of Linux
> Desktop Users.  Currently we provide a users home directory via NFS  
> from
> a file server.  Generally it works well for us, but I have been  
> asked to
> look at our options for expanding the storage we have available.
> So I thought one of the first things I had better do is consider are
> there alternatives to the way we do things now that could be better  
> for us.
> My initial research suggests that the only real alternative to NFS in
> this context is ISCSI or perhaps the combination of ISCSI and GFS.
> So I was wondering has anyone on this list in a similar field  
> implement
> ISCSI for home directories instead of NFS?  And if so would you be  
> able
> to give me some idea of the costs/ benefits of doing this?

ISCSI isn't really suited for this. You would use iSCSI to provide  
storage to your NFS servers probably from a large storage box like an  
EMC, 3PAR or such.

You could make your own massive storage server and present the storage  
in parts via iSCSI to different NFS servers serving different parts of