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Published: 22 Oct 2012

The marriage of virtualized servers and iSCSI SANs is turning out to be a happy one for many users. Since VMware announced support for iSCSI SANs in June 2006, virtualization users have embraced iSCSI's lower cost and reduced complexity. Nearly two years later, the honeymoon still isn't over. Pat O'Day, chief technology officer at BlueLock, an Indianapolis-based provider of infrastructure as a service, says his young company has used only VMware and LeftHand Networks' iSCSI SANs in its two-year existence. "We were fully prepared that at some point we would have to investigate going into Fibre Channel [FC]," he says. "I still have it way out on the radar. But we're up to 50TB or 60TB now." Cost and flexibility drove BlueLock's selection of iSCSI. O'Day calls iSCSI "a very loose technology. Fibre Channel is so physically dependent on the infrastructure." iSCSI makes it easy to boot servers from BlueLock's main facility to its Salt Lake City data center, he says. iSCSI's lower cost was worth the slight performance difference. "Fibre Channel drives certainly are... Access >>>

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