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Published: 18 Oct 2012

Slowly but surely, large storage vendors are beginning to offer native iSCSI storage. The waning days of summer saw iSCSI target announcements from both EMC and IBM. EMC introduced the midrange NS500 NAS array with iSCSI support, which has a sticker price of $40,000 for a 1TB system. IBM, meanwhile, is now offering the iSCSI-only DS300, and the NAS/iSCSI DS400, both based on Adaptec's Flexible Storage Architecture arrays. With the exception of IBM's DS300, what EMC, IBM and NetApp's iSCSI systems have in common is that they're built on top of existing NAS systems. That's a logical approach for a vendor to take, says Randy Kerns, senior partner at the Evaluator Group. From a vendor's perspective, "you already have the Ethernet," and all you have to do is "take out the NFS/CIFS layer and access the LUN directly," he says. "Really, it's a very straightforward implementation." For users too, an all-in-one NAS and iSCSI system may make sense, Kerns says. "It gives you a measure of flexibility" to do both block and file. But while an all-in-one iSCSI/NAS array may... Access >>>

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