Depends on what you mean by supported ? :-)

If the SAN device uses standard CIFS or NFS that's supported under Linux or Windows Storage Server, you should be able to copy data there.

In our case our WebDocs software interacts normally via the aforementioned NFS services so we can read/write to the SAN as easily as an NFS drive.

If you're using IBM Content Manager or other system user where the system doesn't support direct read/write to NFS or CIFS. Then it's time to upgrade your 3995 jukebox or add more iSeries disk if you don't want an IBM SAN :-)

One of our customers recently bought a Buffalo 12TB Terastation with Windows Storage Server on it fo leass than $2k.

Not bad for low end disk, although not a true SAN and probably not meant to be used without a good network backup.

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date: Mon, 21 May 2012 17:21:32 +0000
from: Matt Olson <Matt.Olson@xxxxxxxx>
subject: SAN Vendor support for IBM i?

Does anyone know of any SAN's that are compatible with IBM i other than from EMC or IBM themselves? It seems we only have two vendor choices on this front whereas our Windows boxes has an incredibly larger vendor selection.

I've looked at Xiotech, NetApp, Equilogic (dell), Compellent (dell), and HP and none of those vendors seem to support the iSeries. They all have SAN's that work with Unix/Windows/x86 boxes but not the iSeries. Additionally cost is a factor, for the price of TWO 8TB san's from the manufacturers that do NOT have iSeries support we cannot even get ONE from EMC or IBM.

Kinda disappointing so far, so I'm hoping someone can tell me of an economical SAN that is compatible with the IBM i that have all the bells and whistles that we are use to from the big guys in the x86 world (geolocated site failover, blocklevel replication and restore, automatic management of files by moving frequently access to faster drives and lower access data to slow drives, etc).


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