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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

Which new technologies are worth it?

There's an old saying that goes something like "May you live in interesting times." Just when the learning curve and comfort level on most Fibre Channel (FC) solutions has finally been achieved, a completely new crop of storage networking infrastructure technologies have popped up with a lot of hype and fanfare. They are iSCSI, InfiniBand and multiprotocol intelligent switches. Evaluating the value propositions and ROI of these new technologies can be a daunting challenge. Indeed, these are interesting times of storage networking. InfiniBand simplifies server I/0 InfiniBand creates a managed environment which manages, scales and maintains servers without disruptions to storage or IP fabrics. iSCSI 101 Ever since iSCSI appeared on the horizon, the hype has been deafening. Initial iSCSI enthusiasts boasted it would rule the storage area network (SAN) world, and FC would just become another victim of Ethernet road kill. That was two years ago. The claims today aren't nearly as brash and have attempted to focus on more realistic ...

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