Does one exist?
Team at this point in time there isn't an HNAS simulator and there likely won't be for some time if ever... (Notice the "...") This is because of the usage of novel software running on commodity FPGAs from Altera. This in effect makes it impossible to run a pure C/C++ software version of HNAS on pure x86 class system. Cris Danci if you go back and read my blog post on deduplication you'll find that there is an architecture diagram making reference to the control and data planes. The control plane is running on an x86-64 processor with linux, and the data plane is an FPGA board attached to the data plane via PCIe. In effect the FPGA board is the analogue of a GPU, and for the purposes of this discussion you can call it a File Processing Unit, but I like what my colleague Shmuel Shottan calls it: File Offload Engine or FOE. If you'd like access to a system perhaps you can reach out to Adrian Deluca in the ANZ area for access to HDS labs initially.
Been looking for one as well... as far as I found out (and heard) it does not... The only simulator (VMware) I know of is HCP. HNAS would be an awesome addition to the list IMHO.
Well I guess if it exists, this is definitely the right place to ask
I'm now much more interested in the technology thanks to Michael Hay 's blog and sadly we don't have one in our lab. HDS (object (HCP) and block YES), Netapp yes, EMC yes, HNAS NO Our HUS lab/demo machine was one of those pre-releases so it only came with block.
Cris - I don't want to make too many promises, but am working to give you and our other partners remote access to all HDS technologies for the purpose of practice and building familiarity and confidence. Watch out for news later in the summer.
Michael Hay I know bits about HNAS, I'm just not the one in the organisation that deals with it (I have a few vendors on my plate that we've traditional sold NAS solutions with) That will probably change.... I'm sure I can get access to one in a lab if I really need it. If I find some tinkering time I might contact Adrian.
Nicholas Howe watching.....
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