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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

iSCSI slashes storage costs

Bioinformatics researchers generate a lot of data, especially those involved with some of the newer "-omics," says Dustin Machi, computational facility manager at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech. "Genomics has been out there for a long time and [researchers] might generate megabytes per day. But new fields like proteomics and metabolomics generate gigabytes and gigabytes per day," he says. VBI researchers used to store those gigabyte-sized--and in extreme cases, terabyte-sized--data sets on IBM's Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) or "Shark" storage, but Machi and his colleagues are actively encouraging researchers to tap into VBI's new storage resources like iSCSI arrays from Rackable Systems. Thus far, VBI has deployed approximately 12TB of raw capacity across Rackable S3009 and S3016 arrays, which run iSCSI target software from Wasabi Systems. VBI plans to add many more terabytes of iSCSI storage arrays over the next couple of months. It shouldn't be too hard to convince researchers to use the iSCSI ...

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Features in this issue

  • SMI-S has legs

    SMI-S support gaining ground

  • Midmarket yearns for remote replication

    Midsized companies want enterprise-class replication

  • Spotlight on midrange arrays

    Midrange arrays can handle most jobs traditionally associated with costly monolithic arrays at a far lower price. Our Special Report describes the benefits of these modular storage systems, profiles 14 of the leading midrange arrays and offers a look at what's coming.

  • Securing IP SANs

    IP SANs use commodity hardware and industry-standard protocols to provide a cost-conscious, easy-to-manage alternative to Fibre Channel arrays. But with IP comes the issue of security. We detail five ways to make an IP SAN more secure.

  • Buzzword: SPAID

  • Rescue stranded storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

  • EMC TOEs the iSCSI line

    by  Alex Barrett

    Target-side TCP/IP Offload Engine chips have arrived, but the jury is still out on whether you should care.

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