Now You Can Turn a Server into a Storage Array...
By mrcoolthreadstm on Jun 12, 2008
Sun Releases Code that Let's Customers Save Time and Money with Open Storage Arrays built with OpenSolaris COMSTAR
COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target) -- now available in the latest OpenSolaris community build let's a standard x86 server transform into an Open Storage array. COMSTAR basically
allows the server to act like a block storage device. To the host system, a server running OpenSolaris
and configured with COMSTAR walks, talks and responds as a storage array.
COMSTAR is a open, pluggable architecture that allows developers to quickly add new storage targets (think iSCSI or Fibre Channel targets) and add new transports (the actual protocol support to talk to various devices (FC, SAS, etc.).
Director of Storage Platforms Scott Tracy wrote about the versatility of COMSTAR in this blog at blogs.sun.com/quicksticks
Recycle, reuse, repurpose. Make the most of your existing industry standard equipment. It's one of the many benefits of Open Storage.