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    NFS?

    Network File Storage (NFS), does anyone use it or find it useful?

    From what I see are advantages:
    - Raid redundant
    - Good backup
    - Cheap extra space

    Cons:
    - slower speeds read/write speeds?

    Looking for someone to add on and change my point of view on NFS. Also if you like NFS what is a good model for us to get. We are currently looking at the the Dell PowerVaults...

    Regards,
    Andrew.

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    I think you are asking the wrong question. Are you referring to NAS or SAN?

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    NFS is a file system. The actual equipment is going to be a NAS or a SAN.

    A NAS serves files using filesystems such as NFS or SMB. A SAN presents block devices that would be accessed with iSCSI, AoE, or Fibre Channel.
    Scott Burns, President
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    I think iSCSI is preferred when it comes to network storage. Most o the VMware cluster's I've dealt with use an iSCSI SAN because it's reliable, quick, and easy.


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    Sorry, ye I meant NAS.

    We're probably going to go with iSCSI as its a lot faster and reliable.

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    Given a choice, I would go with SAN. Its much faster reading and writing

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    As a clients point of view, would you prefer Network Storage which would be raid redundant or a physical drive installed to your server

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    Is the client a storage administrator?

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    I am also faced with the same decision but was kind of surprised to find out that most benchmarks show little to no performance difference between software based iSCSI and NFS and if this is indeed true then I would say NFS would be an advantage due it's flexibility, ease of use and backup.

    Here is a document I found comparing the two http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/stor...tocol_perf.pdf

    Anybody have some real life tests/results relating to this ?

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