Open Source Storage Area Network–Part 2

Thomas Yates

In my previous article, I discussed various options for the Operating System for my Storage Area Network. In this article, I will discuss my choice in more detail. Below you can find links to other parts of this guide.

Operating System

Just to recap from my previous article, I chose to build my Operating System from the distribution up. For me, this provided the most flexibility of all the options discussed. I chose to stick with Ubuntu, but any Linux distribution that has the Kernel 3.5 should contain all the code built in to function as a SAN (More on that later). I will be installing a few other packages on top of this Operating System, but for the most part, it will remain a vanilla install. Here are some other distributions with the required kernel:

  • OpenSuSE
  • Fedora

It is important to note that…

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