[nycbug-talk] iSCSI SAN fun on the BSD's?

Jesse Callaway jesse
Mon Jul 19 18:19:45 EDT 2004

I was looking for one at my last job. An initiator for FreeBSD that is, 
but was disenhartened to learn that only RedHat provides one for free. 
I was so pissed off. When I read your email I flipped back into 
disbelief and started searching. here's what I found:

The outlook:

The outcome:

I wonder if the price isn't too bad. Somebody have all the ugly details 
of why there isn't one? It's not bad technology over Gig-E... but it is 
kinda slow with all of that TCP/IP going on. I wonder if there could be 
a different kind of bus... like straight over the Gig ports, and, yes 
using Ethernet since the cards can't really do much else... but maybe 
no TCP or UDP. Is there already something like this? What's it called? 
You know a SAN protocol which runs over Ethernet? Anyone want to write 
one? I think it would be fun (and way outside my current capabilities).

Why doesn't iSCSI use UDP anyway? As long as you tell the kernel "I'm 
still waiting..." The app should be in a happy deadlock or picking it's 
nose or something.

Anyway. Somebody tell me I'm dead wrong I don't know what I'm talking 
about on these two issues. I have my double-aught welder's mask on.

On Jul 19, 2004, at 5:19 PM, Isaac Levy wrote:

> Hi all,
> Was just doing some reading about iSCSI, trying to solve a problem 
> (and not have to buy Fibre Channel stuff...).
> With that, does anyone know anything about iSCSI or other SAN backend 
> stuff that can be done with the BSD's, (actually, FreeBSD would be the 
> 'client' boxes)...
> Any URLS or pointers to man pages would be greatly appreciated...
> Barfing out buzzwords, hoping I don't hit anybody's shoes,
> .ike
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