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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008 issue of Betting on an enterprise-level virtual tape library (VTL)
You don't have to be an iSCSI cheerleader, but you should know the score when it comes to this maturing protocol. It's generally accepted that IP-based SANs are here to stay. iSCSI, the flagship IP SAN protocol, now enjoys or should enjoy the same respect as Fibre Channel (FC). But with respect comes responsibility. While some storage administrators may be hesitant to have iSCSI in their environments, it should be treated as a mature protocol and deserves the same level of administrative discipline deployed for FC networks. There are plenty of storage practices built around FC that can now be easily transferred to IP SANs or iSCSI networks. Let's examine some of these practices and determine how they can make your iSCSI experience similar to the one you have with Fibre Channel. In the past year, the number of iSCSI installations has surged. Many have been native installations, as most storage vendors now offer some form of iSCSI support on their arrays. On the server side, most of the clients have been Microsoft Windows or Linux, again thanks mostly to free ... Access >>>
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