The Asia market, from what I see, is booming. I have no idea what the combined market is from all the vendors put together but it should be around the single digit billions in US dollars. I don't see much shifting from NAS to SAN but what I do see a lot of is integration of NAS with SAN. Being able to manage both as a single entity has its advantages.
We are seeing SAN pools being connected to traditional NAS heads and server clusters sharing CIFS/NFS over IP using back-end SAN connections as the storage pool. iSCSI is also making progress as it has the advantages of both block based I/O and low-cost IP connectivity. When used in conjunction with TOE capable network cards over Gigabit Ethernet connections, iSCSI can approach SAN speeds.
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This was first published in May 2003