Friday Jun 13, 2008

COMSTAR - Server = Storage Array??

Over the past few weeks information about a great new storage feature in OpenSolaris has been trickling out. The feature is COMSTAR (COMSTAR = COmmon Multiprotocol SCSI TARget). To learn more about COMSTAR the OpenSolaris project page include a number of videos and an outstanding administration guide.

I personally had the chance to play with COMSTAR a few weeks back and found it simply amazing. It was so cool being able to create a ZFS volume and share it to a windows host in around 10 minutes. I wrote up my experience in this presentation. There is a chance the presentation as given to the Front Range OpenSolaris User group may soon be a video.

Some other interesting reading about COMSTAR are:

There was also the press coverage:

I'm sure the excitement is just getting started and I really look forward to how this technology will be used in a future product ...

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