What Is a SAM-SD?

  • The SAM-SD, short for the Scott Alan Miller Storage Device, is an approach to open storage design using enterprise hardware and software to produce high quality and highly flexible storage options for both the SMB as well as the enterprise market.

    The SAM-SD is not a product per se but rather an approach. And not a new approach but a tried and true enterprise approach, the same approaches used to tackle file serving for decades and the same approaches used for other server side applications and needs. But doing so in a focused and targeted way. Storage often gets treated as unique and confusion is common, often with opponents referring to standard enterprise server builds as "DIY" in order to discredit the concept - even though this would discredit all servers anywhere.

    So what does it take to be a SAM-SD?

    • A dedicated storage server or device as the intended result. (File Server / NAS / SAN / DAS)
    • Enterprise class hardware, the same as you would use for any enterprise class server.
    • Enterprise Open Storage software and OS, no proprietary software or closed systems.
    • Commodity design.

    Note: "Open Source" is never mentioned. This is about open storage, not source. It is about access to control and configure. Open source is a wonderful thing but not a factor in open storage directly.

  • We need to bacronym that to be more catchy

  • Let's talk about the actual storage you choose for these machines.

  • @Dashrender said:

    Let's talk about the actual storage you choose for these machines.

    Can be a lot of things: local drives, OEM drives, non-OEM drives, FusionIO cards, Winchester drives, SSD, hybrid arrays, DAS attached chassis... because it is an approach and not a product it is very flexible.