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Taking a look at NAS server options

I'm looking for a NAS solution like SAK but on Linux. We want to use SAN disks from NAS clients with a gateway like IBM NAS 300G or Maxxan powered on a NAS SERVPoint from Veritas that is no longer being sold. Do you know of a less expensive solution than Maxxan? Thanks for your help.


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You can always use a standard server running NFS or CIFS that is connected to SAN-based storage. This file server is not exactly a NAS but is very similar to the SERVPoint software you are talking about. For specific NAS solutions, most vendors now have gateway products like the IBM 300G you referred to. These include HP, Procom, Spinnaker, EMC and others.

Which one is cheapest is really a function of how big a customer you are and what type of deal you can strike with your supplier. The standard file server will probably be the cheapest overall but will have additional administrative tasks (and thereby costs) that you don't have with a NAS product.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in February 2003

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