And here I thought I came up with it all on my own—the connectivity and presentation model value propositions of NAS that is. I was checking out network cache appliances by Gear6 when I found a reference to a post on Chuck Hollis’ blog over at EMC. Chuck was talking about the benefits of NAS in a VMware context, but I’d like to quote some of the bits I liked the most:
• You get to manage a file system, rather than a collection of LUNs
• You get some modicum of access control through the file system mechanisms
• You get access to advanced NAS features, like thin provisioning, snaps, replication, etc.
And, as a special added bonus, you get to use low-cost ethernet to connect your servers to your storage. Very nice, especially if you’re looking at blades or high-density racks.
Of course I like that last bit with an eye on the commodity computing paradigm with Oracle.