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Published: 22 Oct 2012

thanks to a burgeoning market for iSCSI software, networked storage is popping up in new places, whether in blade servers or small shops that previously couldn't afford a SAN. Between the summer and fall of 2008, two acquisition deals were done: Double-Take Software's $9.6 million takeover of iSCSI boot-from-SAN and SAN virtualization software vendor emBoot, and Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) $360 million merger with iSCSI SAN software vendor LeftHand Networks. The acquirers were jumping into a well-populated market, with companies from startups to industry veterans offering inexpensive iSCSI SAN target software aimed at turning commodity hardware into networked storage. Other vendors include DataCore Software, Microsoft, Open-E GmbH, Seanodes and StorMagic. "The midmarket is where we see iSCSI really taking hold," says Bob Roudebush, director of solutions engineering at Double-Take. "The big benefit we see and hear from those customers looking at iSCSI is cost, and software is much cheaper to roll out." Roudebush admits that Double-Take, a host-based replication ... Access >>>

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