Guide to implementing iSCSI

If you are thinking about implementing iSCSI take a look at our updated guide to iSCSI implementation. Included here: tips and advice on how and were iSCSI can save you money.

ISCSI has been hailed as a cheap alternative to Fibre Channel and an effective way to use existing infrastructure to keep storage costs down. Are you thinking about implementing iSCSI?

We tapped our own experts as well as other industry experts to put together this guide for you. A few of the topics covered are the cost of integrating and implementing iSCSI, how the technology works, TCP offload engines (TOE) and a peak into how and why some managers are going with iSCSI or IP storage-based implementations to save big bucks.


Table of Contents

   A beginners guide to iSCSI
   Get a TOE hold on iSCSI
   iSCSI is getting better all the time
   iSCSI and Microsoft make a potent combination
   Can cheap Fibre Channel HBAs stave off iSCSI?
  Using disk-to-disk with iSCSI SANS
  Firm to offer low-cost iSCSI controller, HBAs
   How to make sure your IP storage is secure
  Webcast: Build economical storage utilities with IP
  IP SAN helps city serve community better
  Hospitals treat data with IP storage


A beginners guide to iSCSI
SearchStorage.com contributor Simon Gordon answers all of the questions you may have if you are unfamiliar with iSCSI.

Get a TOE hold on iSCSI
ISCSI networking companies are now offering HBAs with built-in TCP Offload Engines (TOE) to take the load off the system. Get the lowdown on these new cards and learn about some of the caveats associated with them.

iSCSI is getting better all the time
Christopher Poelker helps clarify how performance of iSCSI fares against performance of Fibre Channel.

iSCSI and Microsoft make a potent combination
According to analysts, the June release of Microsoft's iSCSI driver will "open up the storage market." It's clear when Microsoft throws some weight behind a technology, the results could potentially be tremendous. Does this spell the end for Fibre Channel? Read some of the early implications of iSCSI here.

Can cheap Fibre Channel HBAs stave off iSCSI?
If you can hold off your HBA purchases, you'll be well served. Analysts say the price of FC HBAs should be slashed in half in the next 18 months. Another factor -- the emergence of iSCSI will put more pressure on the HBA. What is the future of HBAs especially when the big boys of storage deliver native iSCSI storage? Find out here.

Using disk-to-disk with iSCSI SANS
Looking for a low-cost solution for connecting servers to disk over IP networks? Storage networking expert Chris Poelker explains that a great way to reduce backup time and speed up restore time is to use an iSCSI storage area network (SAN) for disk-to-disk backup.

Firm to offer low-cost iSCSI controller, HBAs
Is iSCSI really the most cost effective protocol, or does it end up being as expensive as Fibre Channel in the long run? One company says that iSCSI costs could run high, but the firm has developed an integrated iSCSI controller and a family of iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs) that cost less right from the start.

How to make sure your IP storage is secure
Whether you're using iSCSI or iFCP technology, there are two important factors to keep in mind when evaluating storage security. Expert Vijay Ahuja discusses those two factors and provides four tips to help you create the best security design for your network.

Webcast: Build economical storage utilities with IP
Join SearchStorage.com and IP storage author Gary Orenstein (IP Storage Networking: Straight to the core") for a webcast on "Building economical storage utilities with IP". This webcast will shed light on the benefits of IP storage and how you should think about deploying it in your organization.

IP SAN helps city serve community better
Is your shop thinking of going the tape route for data backup? Well, before you make a move, backup expert Curtis Preston says take a look a disks first. He's been "tape" burned too many times and believes disk-based backup is the way to go, all the way.

Hospitals treat data with IP storage
For a couple of non-profit hospitals, IP storage has been no placebo. Both Denver Health Hospital and Medical Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, Texas have turned to IP storage to treat their real storage ills. Here is a look at what Denver Health is doing. Next week: We look to Texas.
This was first published in February 2004
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