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10-Gig iSCSI SANs Set for Takeoff

iSCSI SAN vendors are prepping products that support a move to 10-Gbit/s Ethernet, reflecting the trend toward that data rate in carrier core networks worldwide -- a trend that could eventually take hold in enteprise networks, too. (See The iSCSI Subtext to 10-GigE.)

EqualLogic, FalconStor, Intransa, LeftHand Networks, Nimbus, and others are in varying stages of 10-Gbit/s iSCSI readiness. "Our SAN/iQ software has the drivers for 10-gig now," says John Fanelli, VP of marketing for LeftHand Networks. All that's needed is to download the drivers into 10-Gbit/s NICs -- a process that would be simple if there were in fact more NICs certified by HP and IBM, whose hardware serves as the basis for LeftHand's wares.

Fanelli expects all parts to coalesce sometime this year. (See 10GBase-T Adapters Debut, Chelsio Opens Up iSCSI Software, and Bell Micro Distributes Adapters.) But early adopters can get 10-Gbit/s SANs from LeftHand today, if they request it, he says.

Meanwhile, Intransa, which is undergoing a management change, is also readying a 10-Gbit/s iSCSI announcement, a spokeswoman confirms. New CEO Bud Broomhead (ex-Topio) has taken over from Tom Alexander, now VP of corporate development, and Jeff Whitney (ex-Spinnaker/NetApp/Maxxan) is the new VP of marketing. (See Tom Alexander, CEO, Intransa.) Details are thin, because Intransa is set for an official announcement early in March. But the move to higher speeds is apparently part of the strategy.

FalconStor also claims to have 10-Gbit/s iSCSI in its sights, and CMO Camberley Bates says products could materialize within a year to 18 months.

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