Small businesses are likely to find iSCSI a much more compelling storage network protocol going forward, due both to its use of existing Ethernet capabilities and the fact that even lower-cost start-up solutions are coming.
Addonics Technologies, for one, recently unveiled a new iSCSI storage appliance that takes a lot of the complexity out of establishing and maintaining even a basic network. The company's iSCSI Subsystem provides an integrated hardware RAID controller that supports up to eight SATA II hard drives. Through hardware port multipliers, it is possible to scale the system up to 128 TB.
The 5.25-inch form factor appliance is outfitted with 1 GB of ECC memory and two 1 GbE ports, supporting mission-critical data with load balancing and fail-over functions. It supports up to 256 logical volumes and a range of RAID-level migration features.
The device is also surprisingly flexible for an appliance, supporting a number of RAID and expansion options as well as Addonic's lines of disk array back plans and removable drives, with the intention of establishing customized multi-TB storage farms.
Pricing starts at $1,000.