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InfoWorld: ADIC's shared file system to extend SANs to Linux

Mar 02, 2000, 05:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clare Haney)

"U.S. STORAGE VENDOR Advanced Digital Information (ADIC) is adding support for the Linux operating system in its shared file system CentraVision, the company announced today. The move means that users of Linux servers will be able to use SANs (storage area networks) to share applications data with users of Unix and Windows NT servers."

"CentraVision enables a variety of workstations and servers to share data from a common central disk via a SAN. This process is faster and easier to manage than it is to deal with traditional file systems which allow users to share files by duplicating the data and moving it from server to server in a network, Whitner said. CentraVision allows users to see the data as if it's a file native to the OS they are running, be it Windows NT, Irix, or Linux, he added."

"The first way that customers are using CentraVision is for sharing large visual file applications, for example, when a group of people are collaborating on creating digital effects for motion pictures, where one frame of video can contain 50MB to 100MB of data, Whitner said. CentraVision also is being used for satellite weather forecasting..."

"However, the file sharing system really should take off in the Web hosting market..."

"Support for Linux is key in the Web-hosting arena where, analysts estimate, about 30 percent of the hosting already is being carried out by Linux servers..."

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