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This paper describes NeST, a flexible software-only storage appliance designed to meet the storage needs of the Grid. NeST has three key features that make it well suited for deployment in a Grid environment. First, NeST provides a generic data transfer architecture that supports multiple data transfer protocols including GridFTP and NFS, and allows for the easy addition of new protocols. Second, NeST is dynamic, adapting itself on-the-fly so that it runs effectively on a wide range of hardware and software platforms. Third, NeST is Grid-aware, implying that features that are necessary for integration into the Grid, such as storage space guarantees, mechanisms for resource and data discovery, user authentication, and quality of service, are a part of the NeST infrastructure.
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