Crash Course: IP SANs

IP SANs offer an easy, low-cost way to break into the SAN market. These SANs can provide a way to use your IT department's existing IP knowledge, infrastructure and rescue stranded servers. In this Crash Course on IP SANs, find out if an IP SAN works in your shop, how you would implement one and what products are making this technology a viable replacement or complement to Fibre Channel SANs.

IP SANs offer an easy, low-cost way to break into the SAN market. These SANs can provide a way to use your IT department's existing IP knowledge, infrastructure and rescue stranded servers. In this Crash Course on IP SANs, find out if an IP SAN works in your shop, how you would implement one and what products are making this technology a viable replacement or complement to Fibre Channel SANs.

Introduction to IP SANs

  • IP SANs take their place
  • Pros and cons of iSCSI arrays
  • Why aren't you using iSCSI HBAs?
  • Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN cluster – kind of
  • What will it be, iSCSI or IFCP?
  • Getting ready for IP SANs
  • Strategic Storage: Eyeing IP storage

    IP SAN configuration and implementation

  • More choices for integrating IP SANs
  • Pound-foolish iSCSI: Should you use NICs in SANs?
  • How do decide between Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • What switches to consider for iSCSI SANs
  • How to tweak Ethernet for iSCSI SANs
  • Using disk-to-disk using iSCSI SANs
  • Securing SANs with iSCSI
  • What type of switches should I use for a pure iSCSI SAN?
  • Creating an iSCSI SAN using only Ethernet switches
  • What about D2D with iSCSI SANs
  • What will it be, iSCSI or IFCP?

    What an IP SAN can do

  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI
  • Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
  • Hands-on review: Kashya KBX5000
  • Pros and cons of iSCSI arrays
  • Is it possible to SAN boot using and iSCSI adapter?
  • What about D2D with iSCSI SANs
  • McData router connects multi-vendor SANs

    Who's using IP SANs

  • Why aren't you using iSCSI HBAs?
  • IP SAN helps city server community better
  • IP SANs take their place
  • User: I want my iSCSI HBA

    Additional resources

  • Product roundup: Switches
  • IP storage: Do you speak geek?
  • SAN School: Lesson 8 – Tying SANs together
  • Crash Course: iSCSI

  • Dig deeper on ISCSI SAN

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