Easier to manage and much more affordable SANs.
As your business grows, so does your storage needs. The support for Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) in Open Enterprise Server allows you to leverage your existing Ethernet infrastructure in a way that is easier to manage and much more affordable than a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN).
As an Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking standard for linking data storage, iSCSI software facilitates data migration over intranets and helps you manage storage. With iSCSI solutions you can take advantage of direct-attached-storage-to-SAN migration, site-to-site migration, distance replication (including disaster recovery and geographic data caching), serverless backup, and low-cost clusters.
iSCSI can be used to transmit data over Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) or the Internet. It can support up to 32-node server clusters. In addition to transmitting your data, iSCSI also consolidates it—simply and flexibly. Since it is built on the TCP/IP infrastructure, iSCSI lets you easily add storage and then repartition among systems and logical groupings. If one user volume is growing too rapidly, you can allocate storage from another area.
Furthermore, with iSCSI you can reduce the cost of your SAN maintenance. While traditional SANs cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in hardware, software, management and training, iSCSI on Gigabit Ethernet hardware costs a fraction of a full Fibre Channel SAN solution—up to 10 times less expensive than its Fibre Channel counterpart for the same amount of storage. In essence, iSCSI allows you to build high-availability clustering systems at a very low cost.
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