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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Storage August 2006 Special Supplement iSCSI is less complex and cheaper than Fibre Channel, making it a good choice for small- to medium-sized businesses replacing DAS. Deployments of IP SANs by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing rapidly and many large data centers are starting to use iSCSI-based storage to support non-mission-critical applications. Stamford, CT-based Gartner Inc. forecasts that the number of servers connected to an iSCSI SAN will exceed Fibre Channel (FC)-attached servers by 2009. SMBs are embracing iSCSI because of the following: iSCSI SANs are less expensive than FC SANs. An iSCSI SAN is based on the familiar and ubiquitous TCP/IP protocol. iSCSI SANs are less complex and easier to manage than FC SANs. @pb Storage August 2006 Special Supplement Despite the obvious benefits of iSCSI vs. FC, iSCSI isn't impinging on FC's dominance in the enterprise. iSCSI SANs are replacing DAS, not FC. "Fibre Channel and iSCSI are complementary technologies today," says David Dale, chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association... Access >>>

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