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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

iSCSI Waters Getting Warmer

Been scared to dip so much as a toe in the iSCSI waters? If you have a well-defined application that doesn't require advanced features such as remote replication, have no fear, says David Hill, vice president of storage research at the Aberdeen Group in Boston, MA. Going forward, you'll start to see many iSCSI targets designed to provide "basic storage to do a basic job." To wit: Adaptec's new iSA1500 storage array, a 1U rack-mounted job targeted at small and medium-sized organizations and branch offices. Equipped with four hot-swap 250GB Serial ATA drives that can be configured as either RAID 0, 1, 10 or 5, the iSA1500 features an MSRP of $10,000--or a penny per megabyte. The iSA1500 includes some advanced features such as automated storage provisioning, dynamic volume resizing and automated initiator configuration, as well as optional mirroring and snapshots. But according to Adaptec, the target market for the unit will probably have more pedestrian needs. Adaptec predicts that the main applications for the iSA1500 will be to ...

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