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Feb 28 2010   5:45PM GMT

Cheap iSCSI Storage



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Tags:
FC
FreeNAS
iSCSI
NAS
NFS
Openfiler
SAN
Starwind
Storage

Hi folks! Sorry for the late postings but I’ve been neck deep in projects this month! Anyways, I wanted to spend a few posts talking about iSCSI storage options.

One of the great things about storage is that there are so many different options. You can go direct attached, FC, NAS, NFS or even iSCSI. I really like iSCSI it’s great for the SMB and it’s great for secondary storage. It’s one of those options that can provide you with lots of bang for your buck.

Well one of the first options I wanted to talk to you about is Starwind iSCSI SAN Storage software. There is a free product that you can try out, and also a fully functional 30 day trial as well. I’ve trialing it for the past little while and I have to say it’s a nice product.

In a nut shell, you can take the software and install it on a Windows box (even a workstation) and then point it at any of your disks (even external USB drives) and then mount them as iSCSI storage! Now I know there are a lot of free options out there but there is something to be said about a pay for product with features such as thin provisioning, remote replication and automatic failover!

If the pay for model isn’t your thing then I urge you to check out FreeNAS and Openfiler!

-RP

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