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[Linux-cluster] Sharing disk using gnbd


I have a small network with 3 machines. All machines are FC5 as of yesterday. One machine is a server and has most of my storage. I'm currently sharing the disks using NFS, but am researching better ways of sharing my disks. My main reason for doing this is that I would like Posix semantics, but better performance over NFS would be a nice benefit.

I think my main options are gnbd (GFS), iscsi and ata-over-ethernet. Since GFS is best supported in Fedora, that was my first attempt. However, when going through the docs, I noticed that I could not mount the disk on the server itsself. 1. If you use GFS on the disk and mount it like that on the server, you have to share it using gnbd with nocache, which is a huge performance hit. 2. According to the gnbd docs, you should never import the disks on the machine they are exported on, so that's out as well. Can this be true? Is gnbd unusable if you want to use the disk on the server? On the other hand, GFS is a bit overkill, since I don't need the clustering; I just want to share my disk.

However, for aoe and iscsi, I think there is no way of sharing the file system between multiple systems, which would make them unusable. Besides, I could not find rpms for aoe, and for iscsi I could only find the server rpm, not the client.

Is there a solution? Am I stuck with NFS?

Kind regards,


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