A note about the title:
I am going to "borrow" a post from David Weibel, a former Sun engineer. He writes well and he is also an excellent engineer. You can also borrow Sun equipment. Hopefully it will lead to a nice marriage. And, of course, I borrow the catchphrase of a world class New Orleans chef. Onwards...
I just got off a phone call with a vendor trying to implement
high-availability on a Solaris client using their iSCSI target. I was gratified to hear how
painful it was in other operating systems (and, by extension, painless in Solaris). Here at Sun, we try to make it
simple to use the storage stack. Conform to the standard, and it should just work. Particularly if the device is standards-based. Asymmetric, roll your own, hand-crafted devices are great for tinkering, but if you want a world class storage subsystem, you should probably use a standards-based product.
Here is a link to David Weibel's blog entry on iSCSI and MPxIO, showing how simple it is to hook up a standards based array.
Now, as Emeril Lagasse might say, "Let's kick it up a notch." BAM. Imagine you want to build that storage device using Solaris as
your storage operating system on the array. Hey, you can do that too, now that the
Availability Suite, the iSCSI Target, and ZFS are all part of the
operating system. Check it out on OpenSolaris.org. The world moves on.
Value moves up the stack. A world class operating system with data
services, RAID functionality and some of the best plumbing in the
industry. Now all you need is a Thumper and a couple of X4600s to run it on.
Did you know you can try out a Thumper, an X4600 and AVS free for 60 days?
Try it. Buy if you like it. Send me a note or a
comment if you want to try this product set.
Also, 'cause I dig good food and good writing, check out this link. The author writes the review so well I gain virtual weight every time I read about the food she eats.