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im looking to setup a storage environment using some spare servers. I came across the Open-E software from storagezip, (http://storagezip.com) and I really like it minus the price. Has anyone ever used it? If you have any other cheaper or free solutions you would like to recommend i would appreciate it
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Seth_McCauleyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I do not have experience Open-E, but I do have a free solution to suggest. Gluster is a good choice for creating SANs out of old servers or even workstations. Take a look:

http://www.gluster.com/
http://www.gluster.org/
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Fadi SODAH (aka madunix)Connect With a Mentor Chief Information Security Officer, CISA, CISSP, CFR, ICATE, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CCIP, SCSC and SCECommented:
alternative software   http://www.nexentastor.org/    and    http://www.openfiler.com/
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Would either of these work for Vmware esx? I have a home lab setup and I need a storage solution
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Seth_McCauleyCommented:
Yes, it should be possible to use any of the above solutions with ESX. GlusterFS is very fast, but is a little trickier to setup for a VM environment as it does not support iSCSI. Gluster does support NFS, but it can be a bit of a bottleneck.

Although I do not have experience with it, madunix's OpenFiler suggestion seems to be the better option for an ESX/ESXi environment. It seems to be quite popular for this type of setup, and there is a lot of info available about using it with VMware. Here is an article on setting up VMware with an OpenFiler NAS using iSCSI:

http://www.techhead.co.uk/how-to-configure-openfiler-v23-iscsi-storage-for-use-with-vmware-esx
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Cobra25Author Commented:
thanks guys
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