Aiming for iSCSI targets

ISCSI target software for generic servers will give vendors and users alike more storage options to choose from.

This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download: Storage magazine: Email storage lessons learned from Citigroup:
This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in their June issue. For more articles of this type, please visit www.storagemagazine.com.

What you will learn from this tip: How iSCSI target software for generic servers will give vendors and users alike...

more storage options to choose from.


If you're tired of waiting for hardware vendors to come out with iSCSI arrays, you can always build your own.

In the year since Microsoft announced its client-side iSCSI initiator, it has qualified approximately more than a dozen iSCSI targets, not counting NetApp's product line. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. However, several software vendors have recently announced iSCSI target software for generic servers, which may result in more iSCSI storage to choose from -- soon.

iSCSI target software players include FalconStor, which storage folks know as a storage virtualization pioneer, with its iSCSI Storage Server; StringBean Software with WinTarget; and Wasabi Systems with Storage Builder for iSCSI Appliances.

Both the FalconStor and StringBean offerings run on a native Windows platform -- in FalconStor's case, on top of Windows Storage Server (WSS). With it, a storage vendor can quickly add iSCSI support to an existing network-attached storage (NAS) device running WSS, so that users redeploy WSS disk resources for block applications such as Microsoft Exchange. "If you've already bought a 1 TB NAS system, but are only using 200 GB of it and want to run Exchange on it, it doesn't make sense to go out and buy that storage again," says John Lallier, FalconStor vice president of technology.

StringBean's WinTarget, meanwhile, has gotten the nod from an important beta tester -- Microsoft, which is using WinTarget in conjunction with its own Virtual Server virtual machine software to test and demonstrate systems without having to deploy dedicated hardware, explains Claude Lorenson, Microsoft's technical product manager for storage.

Wasabi's Storage Builder, meanwhile, runs on NetBSD, and is delivered on a CompactFlash card so that storage vendors can quickly drop it in to existing storage hardware. What kind of storage vendors? "Tier 2 OEMs," says Jim Schrand, vice president of marketing at Wasabi. "An EMC," for example, "wants to be perceived as a software company," and as such will probably write its own iSCSI target software. "But a Dell," he posits -- "they're not going to roll their own software."

For more information:

Article: Big vendors overshoot small user's storage needs

Tip: Let the iSCSI games begin

Tip: A beginner's guide to iSCSI


About the author: Alex Barrett is Storage Magazine's trends editor.
This was first published in July 2004

Dig Deeper on ISCSI SAN

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • Tintri VMstore T5000

    Like all of its VM-aware storage systems, Tintri’s first all-flash array -- the Tintri VMstore T5000 -- allows admins to bypass ...

  • SolidFire SF9605

    The high-capacity SolidFire SF9605 uses SolidFire’s Element OS 8 (Oxygen) to deliver new enterprise features such as synchronous ...

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20850

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20850 holds 1,024 solid-state drives (SSDs). Hewlett Packard Enterprise claims it can deliver more than three ...

SearchVirtualStorage

SearchCloudStorage

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchDataBackup

  • Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13

    Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13 provides an AWS Elastic Block Store Snapshot Manager and the ability to support Docker container ...

  • Veeam Availability Suite v8

    Veeam Availability Suite v8 offers several key backup software components in one package, including Veeam Cloud Connect, Snapshot...

  • Druva inSync 5.5

    Druva inSync 5.5 endpoint backup software stands out with its proactive compliance, cloud app integration, full text search and ...

Close