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Snapshot: Deploying IP storage technology

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1. Will you deploy IP storage technology?
2. If so, when?
3. If not, why?

IP storage seems to have a good bit of credibility amongst Storage magazine readers. Most readers (57%) say they will deploy some form of IP storage technology-the majority of which (58%) have either already done so-or will within the next year. As one reader puts it, "iSCSI seems to be a nice compromise between SAN block-level file access and simplicity of management of a NAS." Furthermore, "SANs are too proprietary and too costly for what you get, considering that Gigabit

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Ethernet is so fast and so cheap." But IP storage isn't without its detractors. The 43% of you that have no plans to put IP storage in their environments have a long list of reasons to avoid it-existing storage infrastructures, for one, but also an aversion to new technologies, insufficient knowledge, funds and security concerns.

This was first published in December 2002

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