SAN Convergence We Can Live With

Arthur Cole

I found an interesting little post on eWEEK by Michael Vizard discussing one of the key trends in storage: network convergence.


While many observers are pointing to the low-hanging fruit in their year-end wrap-up/predictions (SSDs are coming, networks will get faster), Vizard is looking at today's enabling technologies to predict what the platforms of the near future will hold. And the most intriguing concept is the convergence of iSCSI and Fibre Channel on the controller.


Emulex is said to be working on this kind of thing, which is likely to have enormous ramifications on the whole storage network debate. Can't decide whether to swap FC for an iSCSI network? How about both?


And while it's true that we probably won't see this kind of technology for at least another year or two, at least it takes some of the pressure off to make a possibly irreversible decision now.

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