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TechWorld: Open Source NAS with SAN Possibly Coming

Nov 05, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Mellor)

"Xinit... has produced Openfiler, NAS appliance software, which runs on a Linux, X86 platform and feeds files to Windows and Unix server clients via CIFS, SMB, NFS and WebDAV. It already has disk virtualisation, and the development roadmap is to add SAN capabilities. Then Xinet's existing SharqStor NAS product could become SharqStor SAN, utilising either Fibre Channel or iSCSI connectivity.

"Xinet software engineer and developer Mukund Sivasraman explained that, 'Openfiler can aggregate all the storage it has locally attached and storage accessed over iSCSI or Fibre Channel or both. It can divide this into (logical) volumes and allows you to mark individual volumes for export.' In other words, Openfiler, accessed via a browser interface, can aggregate local and remote disks into a single logical pool of storage and serve logical volumes carved out of this to server clients..."

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