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A Guide to the IBM Clustered Network File System

An IBM Redpaper publication

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Published on 23 November 2010, updated 03 August 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738450103
ISBN-13: 9780738450100
IBM Form #: REDP-4400-01

Authors: Ira Chavis, Dave Coutts, Bob Demkowicz, Jay Huie, Shuzheng Liu, Sheryl Qualters and Daniel Turkenkopf

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    The Clustered Network File System (CNFS) is a capability based on IBM® General Parallel File System (GPFS™) running on Linux® which, when combined with System x® servers or BladeCenter® Servers, IBM TotalStorage® Disk Systems, and Storage Area Networks (SAN) components, provides a scalable file services environment. This capability enables customers to run a General Parallel File System (GPFS) data-serving cluster in which some or all of the nodes actively export the file system using NFS.

    This IBM Redpaper™ publication shows how Cluster NFS file services are delivered and supported today through the configurable order process of the IBM Intelligent Cluster. The audience for this paper includes executive and consultant decision makers and technical administrators who want to know how to implement this solution.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM Clustered Network File System

    Chapter 2. Clustered NFS technical architecture

    Chapter 3. Clustered NFS and the IBM Intelligent Cluster

    Chapter 4. Clustered NFS installation and configuration

    Chapter 5. Clustered NFS administration and operation

    Chapter 6. Best practices

    Appendix A. IBM Intelligent Cluster hardware options

    Appendix B. IBM Intelligent Cluster Software options

    Appendix C. Clustered NFS initial base configuration bill of materials


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