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Is there any company that offers a "top-to-bottom iSCSI solution"? A place where I can get products such as full offload HBA w/accelerator and NIC, IP storage switches/storage routers and iSCSI storage. Plus, cables, device drives, etc. Everything in one place, is that possible?

I don't believe there is any "top-to-bottom" solution yet. Remember, iSCSI is still very new and will take some time to sort out. The type of stuff you're looking for comes from a system integrator - that's who normally services the market where iSCSI would seem to play best. I think you may be just a bit early for finding any complete solutions. Check with your local system integrators to see what they have.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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