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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004 issue of Adding low-cost tiers to conserve storage costs
iSCSI inspires low-cost storage networks There's been a stream of iSCSI products since the ratification of the iSCSI protocol in early 2003. Managers can now choose viable storage products from multiple vendors. iSCSI brings block-level SAN technology to smaller shops. iSCSI enables block-level data delivery over any IP network. With an iSCSI initiator on the server, the system can send block-level data over the IP network to a storage device. Because Microsoft provides an iSCSI initiator as part of Windows "you've got SAN enablement being given away with the operating system. You don't even have to buy any [additional] hardware," says David Dale, chairperson of the Storage Networking Industry Association's IP Storage Forum. The poor performance iSCSI was once criticized for no longer presents a problem in an era of gigabit and multigigabit Ethernet networks and fast processors. Yes, IP adds overhead, but "IP networks today are plenty fast," Dale says, even without the help of TCP/IP offload engines. iSCSI performance problems are more likely to result ... Access >>>
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