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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007 issue of Comparing EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 vs. Hitachi Data Systems USP1100
For the longest time, the storage industry positioned iSCSI as either a low-end solution for small businesses or a departmental technology for larger companies. But the technology is proving more versatile, with products emerging to fit nearly every need. Econnergy Energy in Spring Valley, NY, is a great example of a business that's stretching the potential of iSCSI throughout its environment. It recently purchased EqualLogic's PS3600X array with serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives to support SQL Server and Oracle databases, and VMware ESX Servers. The company also bought an EqualLogic PS100E SATA II-based array for use as a disaster recovery target. EqualLogic's storage is priced at approximately $20,000 for 2TB or $30,000 fully redundant. To balance the cost of the EqualLogic arrays, Econnergy stores all of its archival data, including PDFs of customer invoices, on cheaper Linux-based boxes running iSCSI software from Open-E GmbH. "The two [products] serve completely different needs," says Steve Schroeder, Econnergy's director of network operations. "The ... Access >>>
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