The next thing I plan to play around with is the FreeNAS application:
FreeNAS is a free NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server, supporting: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, iSCSI protocols, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, Software RAID (0,1,5) with a Full WEB configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 32MB once installed on Compact Flash, hard drive or USB key.
The minimal FreeBSD distribution, Web interface, PHP scripts and documentation are based on M0n0wall.
Our new ESX 3 environment can connect to NAS and I want to see how useful the feature is. This might be a chance to free up some expensive SAN disks.
FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD 6.2. It’s a tiny app that appears to be very powerful. I’ve been watching it grow over the last few months. The developers are doing a good job of improving the application. I’ll let you know how it goes.