I just had a SANS Digital EN104L+B (below) die on us after less than two weeks of service, and it was SLOOW before it broke. Our problem was just like this guy's problem:
Before that we had openfiler which worked fine, thinking about going back to that.
However, we liked that the SANS digital was all in one unit and didn't require a host server like openfiler does.
are there any iSCSI units in the 1K - 2K range like this one that don't suck?
I have had great results with the Iomega ix4-200r using NFS. It is on the HCL, but remember it is still just 4 spindles!
prolly wont find a 10gb NFS solution for 1-2K.
openfiler does NFS, so does that same SANS digital
I'm guessing the iSCSI limitation on openfiler doesn't exist with NFS
You have any older servers lying about you could setup with vsa ?
unless you know something I don't....thats a 30 day trial only?
I don't think the verdict is in yet...
did you see the pdf it linked to?
more good charts in there.
bottom line is that FC/iSCSI/ and NFS all seem to be within single digit percentages of each other.
I wouldn't consider it a better alternative. It is only one of the alternatives. You can spend an insane amount of money for a NetApp NFS device so it isn't about low end versus high end. They are just two different approaches to providing datastore storage.