Highly Available STorage

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Highly Available STorage
Original author(s) Pawel Jakub Dawidek
Written in C
Operating system FreeBSD
Type Distributed storage system
License FreeBSD License
Website wiki.freebsd.org/HAST

Highly Available STorage (HAST) is a protocol and tool set for FreeBSD written by Pawel Jakub Dawidek, a core FreeBSD developer.

HAST provides a block device to be synchronized between two servers for use as a filesystem. The two machines comprise a cluster, where each machine is a cluster node. HAST uses a Primary-Secondary (or Master-Slave) configuration, so only one cluster node is active at a time.

HAST-provided devices appear like disk devices in the /dev/hast/ directory in FreeBSD, and can be used like standard block devices. HAST is similar to a RAID1 (mirror) where each RAID component is provided across the network by one cluster node.


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