What is Openfiler ?
Openfiler is an Linux based operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage(NAS) and block-based storage area network(SAN). Openfiler helps you to build the very powerful & reliable networked storage solution which is easily managed by the Openfiler browser based management UI. It provides the file based storage networking protocols such as NFS & CIFS which ensures cross platform compatibility for Windows, Linux & Unix. It also provides the iSCSI Target & Fibre channel features which can be used in the virtualized environments such as VMware & XenServer.
Openfiler helps the Storage administrators & IT Team to deploy , manage & utilize the storage efficiently within multi-platform network. It provides the range of the storage networking protocol which makes it excellent choice to use it. It also helps companies to save the cost of storage system because it is an open source storage solution.
Key Benefits :-
- RAID 0, 1, 5 , 6 ,10 support
- Bare metal or Virtualization installation
- Unified storage SAN & NAS
- Journaled filesystems
- CIFS, NFS, FTP, HTTP protocols support
- Intuitive Web Based UI & Management
- Access Control Lists
Openfiler provides Unified storage solution which provides the Block level & File level storage networking. For Block level iSCSI & Fibre Channel can be used. For File level it works on the many protocols such as NFS, CIFS , FTP, HTTP/DAV, rsync.
Openfiler can be directly deployed on the Physical Hardware or also can be used in the Virtualized Environment.
Bare Metal System Requirements :
- 64Bit 1.6GHz or higher processor
- Minimum 2GB Memory
- 10GB of disk space for installation
- Hardware Raid controller
- 1Gb Ethernet network
VMware System Requirements :
- VMware Compatible ESX , VMware Player
- Symbios or Buslogic virtual SCSI disk driver
- IDE virtual disk driver
- 64bit Hypervisor
- 2GB or more Memory
- Virtual NIC
Xen/parallels Requirements :
- 64bit Hypervisor or Virtual Machine Manager
- 2GB or more memory
- Raw, LVM, or virtual block device
- Virtual NIC
Openfiler is the pure software based storage solution which makes it powerful & easy to use. It can be downloaded easily & deployed in few minutes. It can be easily accessed from any browser so you don’t require any additional software. Just by accessing through browser admin can do all the activities related to storage such as creating & managing volume groups, Network sharing, Access control lists etc etc.
Checkout Our Posts on Openfiler :-
- How to install Openfiler step by step ?
- How to configure Openfiler for the first time ?
- How to configure iSCSI Storage in Openfiler ?
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