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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

Microsoft to support boot from iSCSI SAN

DISKLESS SERVER AFICIONADOS, whether they're blade server users or VMware shops, have long had the ability to do remote boot from Fibre Channel SANs. But if you were running Windows off an iSCSI SAN, your options were limited to buying an expensive, space-consuming iSCSI host bus adapter or running specialized iSCSI software initiators that Microsoft didn't support. This month, the Redmond, WA, giant announced that it will supply select partners with specialized code that allows them to toggle the boot order, making a boot from iSCSI SANs possible and supported. Two of Microsoft's partners are IBM and emBoot, with its WinBoot/i iSCSI boot-from-SAN software initiator. Blade server vendors, in particular, have been strong advocates for software-based remote boot from an IP SAN, says Claude Lorensen, Microsoft's group product manager for storage. "They'd like to be able to get rid of disks to reduce heat and power consumption, and use the NICs [network interface cards] they already have." Lorensen emphasizes that Microsoft's ...

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Features in this issue

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • Voice apps can strain storage

    Digital voice recordings are creeping up on storage like e-mail did a decade or so ago, but they're roughly 1,000 times larger per element. Here's how to prevent them from overwhelming your data center.

  • iSCSI moves up the ranks

  • New life for InfiniBand

    InfiniBand storage is finally emerging, but despite its cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. But clustered, high-performance computing and demanding applications have helped renew interest in InfiniBand-based storage networks.

  • New DLT drive tops a terabyte

  • Finding Data

    Archiving applications are increasingly being used to minimize online data stores and to meet compliance requirements. Most of those archivers include search features, but the capabilities vary widely. Understanding how these search tools work will help you find the best fit for your company.

Columns in this issue

  • The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

    Storage Bin: The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising, as so few of them were big-name storage vendors. Here's Steve Duplessie's take on the subject.

  • Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

    By deploying Intelligent Information Management applications, organizations can improve resource management by eliminating the storage of duplicate data, reduce risk by quickly responding to discovery requests, comply with record-retention and privacy regulations, and restore the right data faster.

  • Misplaced priorities

    by  Stephen Foskett

    In this age of compliance and despite well-publicized cases of data theft, a recent security survey from GlassHouse Technologies indicates that few companies are paying much attention to storage security.