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  Reasons to Use iSCSI

If you are a smaller enterprise consolidating storage for the first time, look to iSCSI to achieve low-cost consolidation goals.

Define Your Goals

  • iSCSI SANs are the preferred choice for small enterprises. This preference is due to the lower cost of iSCSI SANs and their capacity to leverage existing Ethernet expertise.
  • Since 2007, storage vendors have achieved considerable traction selling iSCSI to SMEs that were consolidating and virtualizing their x86 server infrastructure.
  • In past studies, Info-Tech found that iSCSI storage provides good enough performance for all but the most demanding storage uses (specifically database-driven apps that drive large amounts of small read/write transactions).
  • iSCSI storage vendors also boosted the performance of their solutions with the inclusion of higher speed and more reliable Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives. (Early iSCSI-only solutions used only cheaper but slower and less reliable Serial ATA or SATA drives.)
Important Note: While clustered iSCSI has benefited from SME interest, so has Enterprise NAS and products from storage innovators that offer iSCSI ports on their solutions.
Use the Storage Acquisition Business Template to explore and define your network storage goals.

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