claude, just use rebol view scripting
"VM6 Software shifted gears one more time and completely rewrote its VMex tools for the Microsoft stack. After two years of development, VMex 2.0 was released in September 2009, and this week sees the delivery of a more refined tool, VMex 2.1." two years to re-factor your TCP/IP UDP CLI control and GUI front end software, what were you thinking ?,for far less time and effort you could commissioned Carl Sassenrath, CTO, REBOL Technologies, and old AMIGA OS lead developer and other 3rd party rebol'ers to write you a fully working and expandable Rebol core/View remote/local set of apps
and making cheap SAN is simple, just have your cross platform rebol view GUI front end scripts use the generic FeeNAS http://freenas.org/freenas with as many iSCSI drive array's as is required, its about time you corporate types phoned carl and asked around the rebol developers how they can help you and the end consumers to produce something worthwhile and really innovative...