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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

Getting real about iSCSi

Vendors are starting to give rose-colored iSCSI glasses to their customers. The recent ratification of the iSCSI standard by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Microsoft's heartfelt endorsement of the technology is hailed by some as the opening of a vast, new storage frontier. But despite the beautiful portrait that vendors try to paint about iSCSI nirvana, users need to see another picture: What will they experience if they implement iSCSI now or sometime soon? The view of the iSCSI landscape depends heavily on whose glasses you peer through. Of course, the rose-colored ones cast iSCSI in an appealing light. iSCSI offers organizations the ability to utilize existing networking staff and infrastructure while promising increased storage utilization and cheap disaster recovery solutions. The iSCSI performance impact Does iSCSI slow down server and database operations? The short answer is yes. The TCP/IP protocol--without even considering iSCSI--generates a certain amount of overhead on every server's CPU. Data packets ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage spending continues to rise

    Our extensive survey of 2003 spending plans show spending is up, but storage managers want more than just raw capacity.

  • Outsourced Backup: Pricey But Worth It

    Experio, the consulting arm of Hitachi USA, has more than 800 employees, 700 of which are mobile consultants. At the same time, it only has a four-person IT staff. How does Experio do it? In a word: outsourcing, including outsourced backup.

  • Shared file systems: a mixed blessing

    by  Benjamin Kuo

    Shared file systems promise to simplify managing storage. But you might have to wait a few years before that promise is fulfilled.

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