What's the easiest way to install an iSCSI target onto your network? You can set one up in your storage array using a NetApp filer or EMC appliance, or wade through Linux or Windows to figure out how to activate it on your server.
Of you can download the FreeSiOS package onto a Disk-on-Module (DOM) device from StorageConnections.Net and plug it into your server motherboard.
FreeSiOS is a bootable file system that converts off-the-shelf servers into iSCSI storage appliances. The company is offering the package free -- except for the DOM, of course -- as a way to boost support for the iSCSI protocol.
Based on the SiOS SAN Manager platform, FreeSiOS offers a number of advanced features, including built-in cluster support, unit mirroring to local or remote locations, up to 64 snapshots per LUN or virtual tape and support for 4x SATA and numerous RAID configurations.
StorageConnections is pitching the system as a tool for small and medium-sized enterprises looking to scale their data-transfer speeds and establish virtual storage networks with low upfront costs.
You can download the package at the company's Web site here.