Storage managers in control


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Not quite the "Year of iSCSI"
There has been a lot of talk about iSCSI storage recently, which has clearly been gaining acceptance; but as with many newer technologies, the hype around iSCSI might be outstripping the reality. Our survey results are likely to have a dual effect on iSCSI vendors--both encouraging and discouraging--but they demonstrate that storage managers are sticking to a cautious approach to iSCSI implementation.

We found that approximately 70% of respondents don't have any iSCSI deployment plans for 2007. That's essentially the same level of enthusiasm--or lack thereof--we found in last year's surveys. Although iSCSI is often thought of as a low-cost alternative to FC storage for smaller companies, when we sliced up the same data based on company size, we found that deployment plans actually grew the most for large companies (up six points). For small companies, the percentage of those planning to install iSCSI storage went up slightly; midsized companies--often considered the "sweet spot" for iSCSI--appear to be less inclined to implement IP storage, with a seven-point decline from our last survey.

For The Timken Co., iSCSI isn't likely to appear in the data center soon. "Once you've gone Fibre, there's no reason to head down that path," says the firm's Visher. But one of the company's remote sites recently installed an EqualLogic Inc. system and Visher says "they've been really happy with it."

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This was first published in May 2007

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