[CDBUG-talk] OT: iSCSI SAN question

Patrick Muldoon doon at inoc.net
Tue Mar 17 21:27:51 EDT 2009

On Mar 17, 2009, at 9:13 PM, Jonathan Franks wrote:

> Hey folks,
> I'm looking to build an iSCSI SAN. The trouble is that the pricing  
> coming in
> from our vendors is in the 20-30K range and this just won't fly.

I have both an Equal Logic and and a Netapp that do Iscsi.  We  
primarily use the Netapp for NFS,  and the EqualLogic for Iscsi.  But  
do have some iscsi targets on the netapp. But alas both of those are  
in the > $30K range :)

On a somewhat related note, I've been less than impressed with iscsi  
performance with the FreeBSD software initiator. In our tests it has  
been horribly slow, and unstable.  We actually wound up replacing that  
box with an Box running CentOS, and it literally runs circles around  
the BSD solution.  Pity... ..

Anyway I've been playing with updating my NAS at home, and have moved  
to running open solaris on it, and so far I am quite happy with the  
performance out of it.  But in my searching I came across this.


They appear to have a free trial, not sure if is is of any use or the  
like in building your own.

it also led me to this.


again not sure on how any of them actually work, but might give you  
some more things to look at.  At home I have very little need for  
iscsi targets as all of my boxes are totally happy with NFSv4.


> Also, more on topic - should we have ourselves a meeting?

I should be able to come to / host a meeting if everybody is up for  
one.  I got a new projector for the office so if we wanted to actually  
have presentations  :)


Patrick Muldoon
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