Network Storage Forum: Slash Storage Area Network Costs With I-SCSIJul 02, 2001, 20:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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After we ran an article describing IBM's efforts in I-SCSI, many of our readers asked for more information on exactly what I-SCSI was and what it would be used for. This short article at Network Storage Forum should answer many of those questions.
"I-SCSI uses warm and fuzzy TCP/IP networks to carry data. With I-SCSI, data transfers and SCSI commands get packaged (or encapsulated) inside IP packets. Instead of having to go through a lot of hassle and expense to put together a fibre channel network just for storage, with I-SCSI you can use the tried and true old network standby, Ethernet. Besides, you probably already have an Ethernet network installed in your data center. So, forget the fibre channel. Using SCSI commands sealed away in the IP packets lets you use existing storage management software with little modification. Great. You won't have to spend hours learning some new storage management mumbo jumbo."
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