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RE: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen

To: "Nathan Eisenberg" <nathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen
From: Jeff Sturm <jeff.sturm@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 21:29:35 -0400
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Thread-topic: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:xen-users-
> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Nathan Eisenberg
> Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 7:35 PM
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> Subject: RE: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen
> Those are the most monstrously inflated marketing numbers I've seen since a 
> VMWare
> rep took me out to lunch with an Equilogic rep and tried to convince me their 
> products
> would save me more money on HVAC and power than I was even spending!

There's a lot of bad marketing out there for sure--Coraid doesn't have a lock 
on that by any means.  There's nothing technically wrong with Equallogic units; 
we have one of those too.

My advice is:  Try each out for yourselves.  We did exactly that.  What 
eventually sold me on Coraid is that they "Just Work" and I could get perhaps 
10 of those for the price of a single competitor's unit.  Plus they are easy to 
stack for growth and reliability.

I'd be happy to share our experiences further (off list) to anyone interested.

Really though, I don't understand why AoE isn't more popular.  The main 
drawbacks I can tell is that it isn't a standard and has somewhat limited 
driver support.  But AoE works perfectly well with Linux and Xen, which are 
mainly what we use today.


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