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eWeek: New Storage Solution Previewed at Linux Symposium

Jul 28, 2003, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Newell)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"IT professionals may soon have a lower-cost alternative to expensive storage area networks (SANs), according to a presentation by self-described Linux 'kernel hacker' Ben LaHaise at the Ottawa Linux Symposium.

"LaHaise revealed his vision to create a reliable storage solution using 'commodity,' or off-the-shelf hardware, therefore dramatically reducing costs. The core of the project was to support large storage capacities, easy setup, and error detection.

"The project entails a Linux kernel driver, currently undergoing development, which passes storage requests directly to the hard drive. By networking several servers over inexpensive Ethernet hardware, redundancy can be achieved for a far lower cost than commercially available network attached storage..."

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