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Piecing together a solution

Regarding iSCSI and NAS, what types of software should consumers look to for support in powering an iSCSI infrastructure? Does a consumer need to purchase a complete solution or can the consumer piece a solution together with some sort of software that promotes iSCSI interoperability?

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Given the "newness" of iSCSI and the fact that it has no track record in the market, I would be very hesitant for a customer to piece together a solution. The solution should either be complete from a single vendor or from an integrator that has pre-staged the solution and will guarantee the operation and the performance. If they won't, be wary. After it matures over time, the options will change and there will be less risk for the user.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in July 2002

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