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Published: 22 Oct 2012

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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    • Storage Bin 2.0: The life and death of information

      We sometimes complicate our processes to create a perception of increased value. Forget information lifecycle management and tiered storage; concentrate on the four simple stages of life for any kind of information.

    • Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices by Ashish Nadkarni

      iSCSI is a mature protocol for accessing storage and a solid alternative to Fibre Channel. Technologies such as blade servers and server virtualization benefit from iSCSI as it lets you minimize the number of connections required. And because everything is IP-based, there's no more need to waste slots for host bus adapters, which simplifies your configuration.

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    • Backup gets a boost: Hot Spots by Lauren Whitehouse

      Snapshots, continuous data protection and deduplication are making their way into traditional backup products. By capturing, transferring and storing less data in the backup process, organizations can back up more data to disk--retaining data on disk for longer periods of time or enabling disk-to-disk backup for more sets of data than before.

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