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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Let the iSCSI Games Begin

From the time the iSCSI specification was ratified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) this winter, there's been a spate of iSCSI product announcements. Leading the herd was Network Appliance, which announced iSCSI support for its FAS900 series, available as a free download to existing customers. The FAS900 can already be configured as part of a Fibre Channel SAN, but NetApp anticipates that some customers will run Microsoft Exchange and SQLServer over Ethernet and iSCSI instead. Hewlett-Packard put its toe in the iSCSI waters with the introduction of its HP StorageWorks SR2122 iSCSI storage router, a Cisco-manufactured router with two front-side Gigabit Ethernet ports and two back-end Fibre Channel ports. It's intended, "as a complement to Fibre Channel," says HP's Mark Nagaitis, director of product marketing, for servers where "the cost justification hasn't quite been there to connect to the SAN." It won't deliver the performance of a Fibre Channel solution, but the SR2122 can help customers "take steps into iSCSI to...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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