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

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Tue Nov 9 07:13:53 EST 2010

On Mon, 8 Nov 2010 at 9:36pm, Nicolas Ross wrote

> 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.

Have you looked at Red Hat's GFS?  That seems to fit at least a portion of 
your needs (I don't use it, so I don't know all that it does).

Joshua Baker-LePain
QB3 Shared Cluster Sysadmin

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