One of the key figures in the open source world over the last decade or so has been Andrew Tridgell. An Australian famous as being the primary author of both Samba and rsync among other things. Andrew has been an IBM employee for the last 5 years and I’m told he was originally the architect behind SAN File System (a project that was effectively merged into gpfs) which brings us right back to Samba again. For those who want more background take a look at his summary presentation “Clustered NAS meets gpfs” at samba.org.
One of the important features of SONAS is integrated management. The entire cluster is installed from one DVD from one node and the management tools provide logging, alerting and topology mapping, utilization thresholds and scheduled tasks. The software is an integrated stack and there are no additional charges for protocols, replication, snapshots, or TBs managed.
It’s one thing to talk about a management interface, but for me, a few screenshots can tell you a lot about what you’re dealing with. Sorry about the low res imagery, it was the best I could come up with for now.
For more information please refer to the SONAS Information Center
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