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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

Special Supplement: iSCSI: Low-cost alternative to FC

Storage August 2006 Special Supplement iSCSI is less complex and cheaper than Fibre Channel, making it a good choice for small- to medium-sized businesses replacing DAS. Deployments of IP SANs by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing rapidly and many large data centers are starting to use iSCSI-based storage to support non-mission-critical applications. Stamford, CT-based Gartner Inc. forecasts that the number of servers connected to an iSCSI SAN will exceed Fibre Channel (FC)-attached servers by 2009. SMBs are embracing iSCSI because of the following: iSCSI SANs are less expensive than FC SANs. An iSCSI SAN is based on the familiar and ubiquitous TCP/IP protocol. iSCSI SANs are less complex and easier to manage than FC SANs. @pb Storage August 2006 Special Supplement Despite the obvious benefits of iSCSI vs. FC, iSCSI isn't impinging on FC's dominance in the enterprise. iSCSI SANs are replacing DAS, not FC. "Fibre Channel and iSCSI are complementary technologies today," says David Dale, chairman of the Storage ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtualization: Tales from the trenches

    We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.

  • New CAS players avoid hash lock-in

  • A step-by-step approach to data classification

    The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.

  • Automate data recovery

    Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.

  • NetApp spins out Ontap GX

  • Data migration: Proceed with caution

    This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.

Columns in this issue

  • Getting started with database archiving

    E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.

  • Standards efforts undermined

    Standards efforts undermined

  • More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.

    Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.

  • How to count the cost of storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?