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  • 1.  Storage Recommendations

    Posted Mar 23, 2010 09:42 PM

    I have 1 server (Sun X4140) running ESX. It's connected via SCSI to a disk tray (Sun J4200). It has 8 TB of usable space. Besides connecting the tray to a different server, exporting via NFS, and mounting an NFS datastore on my ESX server, do I have any options that don't consist of breaking up that array? It doesn't seem that the server supports IOMMU, so I can't just do pci passthrough. It seems that I'm really stuck with having to use an extra box as an nfs server, but I really don't want to.

  • 2.  RE: Storage Recommendations

    Posted Mar 24, 2010 02:39 AM

    You could use a virtual storage appliance (VSA) to share the DAS out as NFS or iSCSI. The HP-LeftHand VSA would be a good place to start.... You'll take a performance hit, but you have shared storage.... You could do the same with OpenFiler or FreeNAS - your milage will vary.

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