There are so many software storage systems to chose from that can run on commodity hardware. Today, in the course of deleting all of my email; one caught my eye. It was a simple note that previous versions of Open-E DSS are going end of life.
I really didn’t care about some version of a software that I don’t use going end of life. But, I did ask myself, who the flip is Open-E and what do they make? As it turns out, it is another software storage system; but this seems to have slightly more features than the frequent players such as StarWind, FreeNAS, Nexenta and OpenFiler. Of the three, I like FreenNAS the best for Ethernet-based storage solutions. But, I’ve decided to check out Open-E and have started and evaluation of their free software. Some of the features of the free offering include:
- Data and Volume Replication
- Volume Snapshot
- InfinBand support
- Automatic iSCSI Failover and Automatic NAS (NFS) Failover for high availability
- Remote Mirroring for disaster recovery
- WORM (Write Once Read Many) support for digital archiving
- NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) support for universal backup
- Synchronous Volume Replication over LAN (one to one)
- Asynchronous Data Replication over LAN/WAN (one to many)
- Windows 2008 Clustering support (Persistent Reservation SCSI-3)
- Multiple interfaces, including 1Gb Ethernet, 10Gb Ethernet and Fibre Channel
- Support for volumes larger than 16 TB
Sounds pretty tight, reading through the feature set it is sick how rich it is. Therefore, I’m going to check it out. This will show up on some of the upcoming TechRepublic blogs. Probably the Servers and Storage blog or possibly a step-by-step gallery to show a specific feature. Stay tuned.