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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

iSCSI moves up the ranks

THE NUMBER and variety of iSCSI SAN options is growing by leaps and bounds. The past couple of months have seen significant iSCSI announcements from Hewlett-Packard, Brocade and, most notably, Microsoft. Furthermore, server virtualization superstar VMware stands to jolt the market for iSCSI arrays this summer, when the iSCSI-friendly ESX Server 3 comes out of beta. Hewlett-Packard's latest foray into the iSCSI market comes via its midrange modular EVA SAN arrays, which can now be outfitted with an iSCSI Connectivity Option. With it, EVA users can gain concurrent access to the array via either Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI, or can use the entire EVA exclusively as an iSCSI target. The option is available for new and existing EVA arrays. Brocade's iSCSI offering is called the Brocade iSCSI Gateway, or BIG, which consists of two Gigabit Ethernet ports and two FC ports. Based on technology from Sanrad, BIG could theoretically be used to connect up to 100 hosts to an existing SAN array. Of interest to smaller shops, Microsoft will ...

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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.