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This resistance may not be entirely technical. Most large enterprises have two separate groups to manage storage and networks, and iSCSI straddles these two domains. This situation mirrors the clash between Unix and Windows, mainframes and distributed systems, and all other IT turf battles.
But iSCSI has a bright future and will continue to gain ground in enterprise-sized companies. "Enterprise customers are reluctant to talk about what they're doing, but more and more [of them] are using iSCSI," says Sanrad CEO Dave DuPont. Even though his company is focused on routing FC traffic out of iSCSI clients, DuPont sees a larger role for the protocol. Given time, iSCSI might be as pervasive in the largest data centers as it is today in medium-sized businesses.
This was first published in July 2007