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Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008

Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices

You don't have to be an iSCSI cheerleader, but you should know the score when it comes to this maturing protocol. It's generally accepted that IP-based SANs are here to stay. iSCSI, the flagship IP SAN protocol, now enjoys or should enjoy the same respect as Fibre Channel (FC). But with respect comes responsibility. While some storage administrators may be hesitant to have iSCSI in their environments, it should be treated as a mature protocol and deserves the same level of administrative discipline deployed for FC networks. There are plenty of storage practices built around FC that can now be easily transferred to IP SANs or iSCSI networks. Let's examine some of these practices and determine how they can make your iSCSI experience similar to the one you have with Fibre Channel. In the past year, the number of iSCSI installations has surged. Many have been native installations, as most storage vendors now offer some form of iSCSI support on their arrays. On the server side, most of the clients have been Microsoft Windows or Linux...

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Features in this issue

  • Lights, camera, storage!

    by  Deni Connor

    The digital media business and corporate multimedia departments are looking at increasing terabytes and even petabytes of information generated in the creation, editing, archiving and distribution of digital content. In addition, the move to high-definition television and higher resolution camera work will tax storage boundaries.

  • Quality Awards IV: It's a tie--EMC and NetApp share enterprise array honors

    In the four years we've conducted our Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays, we've never had co-winners ... until now. EMC Corp. rode to the top on very strong scores in the product features and reliability sections, while co-winner NetApp was a model of consistency.

  • Reliability questions plague solid state

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin 2.0: The life and death of information

    We sometimes complicate our processes to create a perception of increased value. Forget information lifecycle management and tiered storage; concentrate on the four simple stages of life for any kind of information.

  • Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    iSCSI is a mature protocol for accessing storage and a solid alternative to Fibre Channel. Technologies such as blade servers and server virtualization benefit from iSCSI as it lets you minimize the number of connections required. And because everything is IP-based, there's no more need to waste slots for host bus adapters, which simplifies your configuration.

  • The big pipe: Editorial

  • Backup gets a boost: Hot Spots

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Snapshots, continuous data protection and deduplication are making their way into traditional backup products. By capturing, transferring and storing less data in the backup process, organizations can back up more data to disk--retaining data on disk for longer periods of time or enabling disk-to-disk backup for more sets of data than before.