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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

iSCSI software offers alternative for networked storage

thanks to a burgeoning market for iSCSI software, networked storage is popping up in new places, whether in blade servers or small shops that previously couldn't afford a SAN. Between the summer and fall of 2008, two acquisition deals were done: Double-Take Software's $9.6 million takeover of iSCSI boot-from-SAN and SAN virtualization software vendor emBoot, and Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) $360 million merger with iSCSI SAN software vendor LeftHand Networks. The acquirers were jumping into a well-populated market, with companies from startups to industry veterans offering inexpensive iSCSI SAN target software aimed at turning commodity hardware into networked storage. Other vendors include DataCore Software, Microsoft, Open-E GmbH, Seanodes and StorMagic. "The midmarket is where we see iSCSI really taking hold," says Bob Roudebush, director of solutions engineering at Double-Take. "The big benefit we see and hear from those customers looking at iSCSI is cost, and software is much cheaper to roll out." Roudebush admits that ...

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  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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