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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

NAS on a grand scale

Roll your own NAS cluster Sometimes it's difficult to find a good out-of-the-box network-attached storage (NAS) clustering solution. That's the situation that Todd Moore from Dynamic Graphics Group found himself in. "We needed a cluster of NAS servers that could share with CIFS, NFS and HTTP, provide both availability and scalability and would integrate with our legacy applications," says Moore. He wasn't satisfied with available out-of-the-box products, so his team rolled their own, leveraging PolyServe's Matrix Server, a SAN file system. Dynamic Graphics' solution consists of a four-node Linux cluster sharing 11TB of StorageTek storage area network (SAN) storage with Matrix Server. Two nodes act as NAS servers using open-source Samba software, while another serves a legacy application. The last is a dedicated backup and administration host. Matrix Server allows applications on all four hosts to see the same storage at the same time--at SAN speeds--and share it with a variety of protocols. At first, Moore had reservations about...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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