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Vol. 4 No. 3 May 2005

Give local disk the boot

In case you were looking for a reason to deploy an iSCSI SAN, here's another: You can boot your servers remotely off the iSCSI target. Today, software initiators for Linux allow you to remote boot from a SAN through PXE (pronounced "pixie") boot support. iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs) such as Adaptec's 7211 and QLogic's QLA4010 and 4040 families support iSCSI boot, as do Alacritech's new SEN2000 and SES2000 cards. If you're running Windows and want to bypass an HBA, Canadian firm emBoot last month announced netBoot/I, an iSCSI software initiator and network boot suite for Microsoft environments that will sell for less than $100 per client. Why boot from a SAN, you ask? "If I have to install a new server without diskless boot, it takes four hours; but with diskless boot, it takes a couple of minutes," says Bo Christiansen, a consultant with Danish IT consulting firm SDC Udvikling. SDC recently implemented an IP SAN from EqualLogic. Supporting the IT infrastructure of 80 Danish financial institutions, SDC's servers are equipped ...

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  • Real-World DR

    by  Marc Staimer

    Storage administrators often ask what their peers are doing to solve DR problems. However, information of this type is usually difficult to make public. These case studies have a central theme: Increasing data levels and stricter compliance regulations are forcing companies to look to newer technologies to solve their growing DR and backup pains.

  • Build a winning storage budget

    by  Dick Benton

    This tip offers advice on taking a business-plan approach to the process of building a storage budget.

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