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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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