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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004 issue of Storage managers give thumbs up to IP storage
Top ten IP storage tips If you're thinking about going down the IP path, here's some advice from early adopters to consider. 1 Design carefully. Sure, this is true for any storage area network (SAN), but it's especially important because IP performance might be a bottleneck if there are large distances or many remote locations involved. 2 Get your storage and networking experts together, and make them play nice. 3 Make sure you're starting with at least a Gigabit Ethernet backbone to ensure adequate performance, especially if you're planning on using IP to handle your primary storage. 4 Out-of-the-box Gigabit Ethernet NICs work just fine for most applications; you'll want to consider TOE or other kinds of interface adapters only for the applications with really specialized or high-performance needs. 5 Separate the IP SAN traffic on its own VLAN, for both performance and security reasons. 6 Understand what you'll need to do to your applications to make them happy on iSCSI--making registry changes, pointing SQL Server files to the correct locations, etc. While... Access >>>
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