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Re: [Xen-users] Re: using Linux as a NAS / SAN device

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Re: using Linux as a NAS / SAN device
From: Bruce Edge <bruce.edge@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:08:09 -0700
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Many NAS boxes are just embedded linux appliances. I'm using a thecus 4100pro that's just a busybox based minimalist distro that maps the disks to the NAS APIs.
If you build your own it will probably cost more, use more power and be faster than the low end embedded linux NAS systems as they tend to be a bit underpowered.


On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Brian P. Martin <Brian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Rudi Ahlers <Rudi@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Hi,
> I'm looking at using Linux as a NAS / SAN device, and would like some
> input from others who have done this before?

For a different approach, you might look at NBD (ref:
http://nbd.sourceforge.net/).  That's really more of a pretend SAN, in that
it's serving up virtual block devices over your network that the local
machines can use as they sees fit (ext3, NTFS, raw database partition, ...),
rather than offering network services (i.e. SMB, FTP, etc.).  I haven't
tried it, but I see that OpenSUSE has included it in at least some of their
recent distros, and they don't usually include stuff in the base distro
unless it's pretty solid.

Have fun.


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