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Vol. 7 No. 5 July 2008

Users hesitate on iSCSI adoption

iSCSI storage has been gaining ground, but the technology still doesn't fit into some users' plans. Sixty percent of respondents to Storage's latest Purchasing Intentions survey don't use or plan to use iSCSI this year. Of those, 19% say it's because they don't need additional storage, while 18% say their LAN infrastructure won't support it. Fifteen percent worry about performance, and 14% worry about reliability. Thirty-two percent had unspecified reasons for not using iSCSI. Only 2% of those surveyed say that's why they aren't deploying iSCSI. --Christine Cignoli Click Here for a PDF of this Survey.

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Features in this issue

  • Solid State: New frontier for storage

    Solid-state media is starting to show up as an option for traditional storage arrays because it offers higher performance and lower power consumption. However, there are still reliability concerns related to wear out, the slower write performance of flash cells, and issues related to array management and interoperability.

  • DLT-S4 tape drives at bargain prices

  • Here comes 8Gig Fibre Channel

    New 8Gb/sec host bus adapters (HBAs) and switch devices have started arriving. But with storage arrays incorporating the new, higher speed technology still months away, end-to-end 8Gb storage infrastructures are still in the planning stages. Storage managers can get a jump on their 8Gig configurations by upgrading switches and HBAs now, or by considering networking gear that supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

  • Server blades and storage

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Many IT shops are moving from traditional rack-mounted servers to blade configurations in hopes of reducing power and floor space requirements in their data centers. But combining blade architectures with server virtualization can cause problems with I/O and storage systems.

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