[unisog] provide storage to Unix and Windows users

Patrick Darden darden at armc.org
Wed Oct 23 12:10:47 GMT 2002

We use Quantum's NAS here, and are very happy with it.  Until recently,
Network Appliance really had the edge both performance-wise and
features-wise with Journaling, Snapshots, redundant power supplies and
nics, etc. Quantum had the edge pricewise, but was still only competitive
in the small NAS arena. However, in the past few months Quantum has
released their Guardian series of products with all kinds of advanced
features including journaling, snapshots, redundant power and nics, high
availability thru clustering, and huge amounts of storage per box.  Their
prices are still phenomenal as well.  They also support nfs2/3, SMB, NT
domain authentication, ADS, and even Apple file sharing.

Don't get me wrong, I have used Network Appliance boxes since the early
90's and have no complaints whatsoever.  They are a great high-end choice.

As far as 50,000 accounts--I am unsure what that means.  If you are
talking about 50,000 PC's and Unix server mounting file systems then you
are going to have a problem.  If you are talking about 20-200 servers
ataching to this NAS for common file systems like /home then you are ok.
If you are really talking about 50,000 PC's in dorms attaching, then you
will want several (as in A LOT) NAS boxes, perhaps keeping images of
eachother, and the PC's attaching via some load balancer.  Easily enough

--Patrick Darden                Internetworking Manager             
--                              706.475.3312    darden at armc.org
--                              Athens Regional Medical Center

On Tue, 22 Oct 2002, Marion Hakanson wrote:

> > I am on a committee to discuss and develop a mechanism to provide
> > storage service to our Unix and Windows users.  I wonder what other
> > universities and colleges are doing in this area.  In particular:
> We're extremely happy with our Network Appliance filer.  It's a bit
> expensive, but so far we've found nothing else that comes close to
> doing as well at serving up the same files to both types of clients.
> Windows clients think they're talking to a Windows server, and Unix
> clients think they're talking to any other NFS server.
> > 1) Are the files stored under Unix or Windows?
> > 2) What is the software used to do file serving (e.g. Samba, Services
> > for Unix...)?
> See www.netapp.com for details.  The "toasters administrators" mailing list
> is a good resource as well -- see the archives at: 
>    http://teaparty.mathworks.com:1999/toasters/Explanation.html
> > 3) We have over 50,000 accounts and the users should use the same
> > password to login on Unix and Windows. What is the software used to do
> > authentication (e.g. LDAP, Kerboros)?
> The NetApp can speak to an NT domain controller (or Active Directory)
> for Windows clients, an NIS server for NFS clients, and it can also
> use a local password file.  I've heard tell of folks using Sun's
> NIS-to-LDAP software to use LDAP for NFS client authentication, but
> have no experience with that myself.
> > 4) Are your users happy with the service?
> Very.  And so are we who have to support them.  We are a small site
> (hundreds of accounts, not thousands), but we have a small filer,
> and they do make big ones, and they also sell more than one filer
> per customer (:-).
> Regards,
> -- 
> Marion Hakanson <hakanson at cse.ogi.edu>
> CSE Computing Facilities

More information about the unisog mailing list