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    SUSE Announces NFSv4.1 and pNFS Support

    Posted by AlexMcDonald

    SUSE, founded in 1992, provides an enterprise ready Linux distribution in the form of SLES; the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. As of late last month (October 22, 2013), SUSE announced that SLES 11 with service pack 3 now supports the Linux client for NFSv4.1 and pNFS client. This major distribution joins RedHat’s RHEL (RedHat Enterprise Linux) 6.4 in supporting enterprise quality Linux distributions with support for files based NFSv4.1 and pNFS.

    For the adventurous, block and object pNFS support is available in the upstream kernel. Most regularly maintained distributions based on a Linux 3.1 or better kernel (if not all distributions now – check with the supplier of the distribution if you’re unsure) should provide the files, block and object compliant client directly in the download.

    The future of pNFS looks very exciting. We now have a fully pNFS compliant Linux client, and a number of commercial files, blocks and object servers. Remember that although pNFS block and object support is available, currently these distributions support only the pNFS files layout. For those users not needing pNFS with block or objects support and requiring enterprise quality support, SUSE and RedHat are an excellent solution.

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