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iSCSI Builds a Bridge to Parallel SCSI Storage Islands

Before native iSCSI disk and tape devices appear en masse, users will be able to bring parallel SCSI disk subsystem and tape devices into the networked storage fray using iSCSI-to-SCSI bridges.

Already, a few generic bridges have appeared. Okapi Software has the ipXtensionCord: a 10/100 model for $995, and a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) version for $2,495.

One place for the ipXtensionCord might be in front of a tape drive, making that tape resource available to any number of local or remote iSCSI servers.

Over the Internet, Okapi has seen data transfer speeds of 9MB/s. "That's enough to spin an older model DLT drive at full capacity," says Bob Farkaly, Okapi's chief marketing officer.

Higher-end bridges are also available. ATTO Technology has the iPBridge 2500C/R/D, a dual-channel GbE-to-SCSI bridge that offers two GbE ports bridged to two Ultra160 SCSI ports. Available in rackmount or standalone configurations, it supports both iSCSI and NDMP.

Crossroads, too, has a first generation iSCSI-to-SCSI bridge due in the spring/summer timeframe, and says it will ship an iSCSI blade for its Crossroads 10000 storage router by the end of the year.

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