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December 2012 Vol. 11 No. 10

iSCSI storage system innovation coming from SMB products

A lot of the innovation in iSCSI storage systems is coming from midrange iSCSI vendors. We list some key points to help you determine if iSCSI is a fit for your organization. Big enterprise storage iron has always hogged the data storage limelight. For many IT pros, the high end of the storage food chain -- with its soaring throughput rates, huge disk counts and stunning performance -- came to represent the entire storage market. But times change, and that's no longer the case. If you've followed some of the storage industry's recent announcements and innovations, it's clear the emphasis has shifted to iSCSI storage features and to vendors pursuing a far different market than the traditional enterprise. As I've noted before, the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and small and medium-sized business (SMB) storage markets have become hotbeds of innovation for the industry. It hasn't gone unnoticed that vendors are delivering a greater breadth of features in their storage systems, with capabilities ranging from auto-tiering to...

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