Your Mark, Get Set, Go iSCSI!
(InfoStor - January 2003)
Jacob Farmer shares some insights on whether iSCSI is ready for prime
time. He thinks that it is, and has some numbers to prove it. His tests
were not running at full speed, but argued that it was good enough for
Enters iSCSI Race
(InfoStor - January
QLogic has released a family of iSCSI chips to OEMs for evaluation. These
include a TCP/IP offload chip, a iSCSI/TCP/IP offload chip, and an IPSec
chip made by Hifn.
Working Group "last call."
(IPS Working Group reflector - Aug-2002)
The iSCSI draft, along with the Security draft, have completed the working
group "last call" process. There will be one more draft version
that will incorporate the comments from the last call process. The next
step will be submission to the IETF area director, who will review the
spec and submit it to the IAB for a final last call. It is not expected
that the draft will change significantly from now until it becomes an
RFC a year from now.
(Byte and Switch - July 2002)
Okapi has a clever product that upgrades their disk drive arrays to iSCSI
with only a software-carrying key. It won't win any awards for performance,
but it is the least expensive iSCSI implementation on the market.
Sees iSCSI Delayed
(Byte and Switch -
Adaptec essentially observes that their forcasts for iSCSI sales were
overly optimistic. This is probably due to the fact that the standard
has taken about six months longer to mature than was predicted a year
Manages Heavy Lifting with dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
(Electronic Design - July 2002)
This article looks at the iSNAP 2100 processor from Silverback Systems.
The processor includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a PCI-X interface,
and hardware acceleration for the TCP/IP and iSCSI stacks. This article
is especially interesting because it was the cover story for the July
8th issue of Electronic Design.
pulls 200i iSCSI Storage Device off Market
(IT World - June 2002)
ITWorld reports that IBM has discontinued its 200i Storage Server, which
was one of the first iSCSI-compatable devices on the market. Analysts
suspect the project was terminated for performance reasons when IBM was
unable to achieve acceptable throuput with a software-based TCP/IP stack.
IBM says they have no target date for future iSCSI product releases.
'wire-speed' iSCSI SAN
(InfoStor - Jan-2002)
For those who don't believe iSCSI can run at Fibre Channel speeds, take
a look at this article. Nishan, Hitachi Data Systems, and Alacritech demonstrated
an iSCSI SAN running at 219 Mbytes/sec (full duplex). That is over 90%
of the theoretical maximum.
101: High Availability
(CRN - 1-Feb-2002)
This is the first of a three-part article that covers the concepts of
Local Clustering, Data Replication, and Global Clustering. Good introduction
to the basics of high availability for storage.
some Storage Networking Myths
(SNW Online - 11-Feb-2002)
A basics article for those who are still wondering what a SAN is, and
are trying to resolve the often-conflicting statements made by "experts."
Practices for Storage Environments
(InfoStor - Mar-2001)
A look at the data-management life cycle and how it should be taken into
account when deciding between NAS and SAN solutions.
library vendors embrace iSCSI
(InfoStor - Jan-2002)
A short survey of some of the major tape library and tape drive manufacturers
as to their plans for iSCSI.