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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

No rush to deploy iSCSI

In the past year or so, iSCSI adoption hasn't budged, at least not according to a recent Storage survey. We last asked storage users about iSCSI adoption in July 2007, and the percentage of respondents using iSCSI is still 44%. And while users have had more time to kick iSCSI's tires as the technology has become more widespread, the percentage of those choosing not to deploy iSCSI has jumped from 9% in 2007 to 28%. Twenty-eight percent researched iSCSI last year when the protocol was newer, but only 12% are currently researching it. Respondents who use iSCSI still like its bargain prices, with 73% citing cost as their top reason for using the technology vs. 80% of those surveyed last year. And respondents haven't found a more favored way to deploy iSCSI, with 67% now running an iSCSI SAN over a dedicated Ethernet network vs. 64% choosing that as the top method in 2007. The number of respondents running iSCSI over an existing LAN has dropped from 53% to 41%. --Christine Cignoli

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Features in this issue

  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

    Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.

  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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