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SubjectRe: Drunken mumblings [OFFTROPIC]
On Fri, Jan 01, 1999 at 06:53:08PM -0500, Nat Lanza wrote:
> Right. The problem here isn't SCSI -- it's the disks you'll hook up to
> it. To do this sort of thing well, you'd want a far more intelligent
> disk that knew about its own filesystem and expected to see requests
> from more than one machine. With normal disks, you're taking a fairly
This already exists -- it is called an NFS[*] server.

> dumb piece of hardware and expecting it to act as a full network
> host. It's a bit like trying to network your keyboard.
> The Right Thing here is disks with enough intelligence to act as
> reasonable independent entities on the network. With luck, you'll be
> seeing more of this soon. Of course, I might be a bit biased here -- I
> hack intelligent storage for a living, so I sort of have to think it's
> a good idea.

[*]: If you don't like NFS pick your favourite networked file system.

Alain Williams

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