Access "iSCSI moves up the ranks"
This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006 issue of Big 3 backup apps adapt to disk
THE NUMBER and variety of iSCSI SAN options is growing by leaps and bounds. The past couple of months have seen significant iSCSI announcements from Hewlett-Packard, Brocade and, most notably, Microsoft. Furthermore, server virtualization superstar VMware stands to jolt the market for iSCSI arrays this summer, when the iSCSI-friendly ESX Server 3 comes out of beta. Hewlett-Packard's latest foray into the iSCSI market comes via its midrange modular EVA SAN arrays, which can now be outfitted with an iSCSI Connectivity Option. With it, EVA users can gain concurrent access to the array via either Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI, or can use the entire EVA exclusively as an iSCSI target. The option is available for new and existing EVA arrays. Brocade's iSCSI offering is called the Brocade iSCSI Gateway, or BIG, which consists of two Gigabit Ethernet ports and two FC ports. Based on technology from Sanrad, BIG could theoretically be used to connect up to 100 hosts to an existing SAN array. Of interest to smaller shops, Microsoft will begin offering an iSCSI target as ... Access >>>
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