Are you taking the iSCSI plunge?


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  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet will influence iSCSI adoption. Several data points from ESG's research indicate a relationship between the deployment of 10Gb Ethernet and increased adoption of iSCSI. First, ESG discovered a direct relationship between usage of and interest in iSCSI and usage of and interest in 10Gb Ethernet. Second, ESG found that 26% of iSCSI planned adopters say they wouldn't purchase an iSCSI storage system without support for 10Gb Ethernet, and that more than half of these planned adopters would prefer 10Gb Ethernet support. Finally, 25% of iSCSI nonadopters say that deployment of 10Gb Ethernet in their organization would cause them to reconsider iSCSI.

  • Nonadopters find existing networked storage solutions meet their current requirements but would reconsider deploying iSCSI at some point. The main reason why most nonadopters don't currently plan to implement an iSCSI SAN is their belief that their existing SAN and NAS solutions meet their current requirements. These users are also clearly interested in maximizing the investment their organizations have made in existing SAN/NAS resources. This apparent concern over investment protection is reflected in the fact that many of these nonadopters say they would reconsider iSCSI once their current networked storage assets reach end of life or full depreciation.
Just the tip of the iceberg
This ESG research study finds

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iSCSI to be a viable alternative to FC that users are implementing in increasingly larger numbers. It's being used in a number of ways, including mission-critical applications within companies and organizations of all sizes and across different industries. iSCSI will continue to advance and flourish with accelerating adoption in the years ahead.

This was first published in February 2007

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