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[Xen-users] using Linux as a front-end controller for a SAN?

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Subject: [Xen-users] using Linux as a front-end controller for a SAN?
From: Rudi Ahlers <Rudi@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:47:33 +0200
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Hi all,

I hope someone can shed some light on this for me. Has anyone tried,
or have experience with, setting up a Linux server to manage a few NAS
devices and thus make them all visible to the clients as one large

Basically, I'm thinking it would be a good idea to combine the current
NAS's we have into one large system (typically a SAN?) and then let
the clients all connect to one server (for authentication, LUN
control, etc), but then when they need to access their drives /
devices / LUN's, they get redirected to the specific server directly.
I'm also thinking it could be a good way to say some IP addresses,
i.e. instead of giving each NAS a public IP, they could all have
private IP's and then everyone just connects to the public IP if
needed. The servers which will access the NAS's will be on the same
physical LAN and will also be on the same private IP subnet to make it

Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Kind Regards
Rudi Ahlers

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