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Published: 22 Oct 2012

SAN users once forced to choose between iSCSI and Fibre Channel (FC) no longer have to make that tough decision. As consolidation and server virtualization drive iSCSI adoption, the newer protocol is making its way into storage environments as a complement to the proven FC protocol. Users can have the best of both worlds, pairing iSCSI and FC in one dual-protocol SAN array. Jim Poteet, director of technology at Overland Park, KS-based StoreFinancial Services, wanted both protocols when his company implemented an EMC dual FC and iSCSI array. Phil Treide, EMC's manager of Clariion marketing, notes that EMC now ships more than 50% of its Clariions as dual protocol with iSCSI. StoreFinancial, a provider of multimerchant gift cards, must meet a seven-second industry-standard response time when connecting to card networks for authorizations. "We wanted to have fibre to make sure we would respond appropriately to our card networks," says Poteet. "And we wanted to have iSCSI so that we can actually tie in other servers." Poteet's main concern was StoreFinancial's ... Access >>>

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