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  • Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

    Hi All,

    I'd like to know which one is the fastest transfer / throughput rate across the network for the file sharing ?

    I'm trying to create some more datastore for storing the very large backup to disk files.

    so I'm now considering between running the following over the network:

    Ubuntu Server + Samba
    Openfiler + iSCSI target (never try this before).

    all of those will be over the gigabit network.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

    the shared network drive will be mainly used by Windows Server 2003.

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      Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

      Wrong forum?

      OpenFiler supports NFS and iSCSI. Theres no need to bother with Ubuntu + SAMBA. Because you are using software based iSCSI the limitation is the network speed. Seeing as you are using Gigabit and not dedicated HBA's this should pose no issues. Additionally you could seperate the traffic by having it on its own VLAN.

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        Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

        Moved to Misc forum.

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          Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

          Originally posted by scurlaruntings View Post
          Wrong forum?

          OpenFiler supports NFS and iSCSI. Theres no need to bother with Ubuntu + SAMBA. Because you are using software based iSCSI the limitation is the network speed. Seeing as you are using Gigabit and not dedicated HBA's this should pose no issues. Additionally you could seperate the traffic by having it on its own VLAN.
          Many thanks for the reply, or having its own dedicated Uplink NIC into the backup server, would that be helpful ?

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            Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

            Originally posted by Albertwt View Post
            Many thanks for the reply, or having its own dedicated Uplink NIC into the backup server, would that be helpful ?
            Thats fine also. As long as the switchport is in its own VLAN or a seperate network.

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              Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

              For what usage are you planning this?
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                Re: Openfiler iSCSI target vs. Samba vs. NFS share file transfer speed

                Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                For what usage are you planning this?
                thanks for the reply Dumber, I'm using this only for the backup to disk storage so reliability is the key here rather than speed.

                here's the benchmark using Diskspeed from Physical Windows Server 2003 using iSCSI initiatorto my OpenFiler 2.3 with Block IO mode and write-thru mode.
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