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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

Snapshot: Will you add iSCSI?

The future of iSCSI continues to look bright, a view confirmed by Storage readers. Sixty percent of readers have implemented or plan to implement an iSCSI-based storage system in the next 24 months, with 18% not quite ready to take the leap and 22% opting against it. Not surprisingly, the majority of those with an iSCSI strategy are planning an end-to-end local SAN. But despite iSCSI's appeal, it doesn't look like Fibre Channel (FC) will be going anywhere either. Storage administrators who have FC in place seem well-satisfied with it. Sixty percent of respondents who are planning to include iSCSI will also continue to deploy FC, while 24% will use iSCSI to connect to an FC SAN. Of those respondents who indicated that they weren't ready to or wouldn't add iSCSI, 68% indicated they would expand their FC SAN instead. "I'm of the opinion that for a Unix/Linux environment, FC is a much better way to go," one respondent wrote, adding that "if we did not have an FC SAN in place, then the perceived cost difference would certainly push ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.

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