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Network Block Devices: Using Hardware Over a Network

Oct 06, 2008, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roderick W. Smith)

"Why would you want to use an NBD rather than a more common file-sharing protocol? Several scenarios come to mind:

"If client can provide better tools for low-level maintenance of disks (newer versions of fsck, for instance) than the server, providing NBD access may make sense.

"The client may have need of expanded network disk space, but a traditional network filesystem may not be adequate. For instance, you might be testing new filesystem drivers or need features of a particular filesystem and those features might not be properly handled by NFS or SMB/CIFS.

"The server might not support the filesystem or data structures on the device you wish to export"

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