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HDS Sets iSCSI Target

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will deliver an iSCSI blade for its high-end Lightning 9900V storage array in the fourth quarter of 2003, sources tell Byte and Switch.

HDS's iSCSI option would follow on the heels of the expected rollout of EMC Corp.'s (NYSE: EMC) four-port iSCSI option for its Symmetrix DMX systems in September (see EMC Debuts DMX, Part Deux and Is EMC Overshooting on iSCSI?).

An industry source familiar with HDS's plans says the Gigabit Ethernet-based iSCSI blade was supposed to ship this quarter, but that the company had to revamp its original design. The main purpose of the iSCSI option is to be able to run HDS's TrueCopy disk-replication application over IP, according to this source.

HDS spokeswoman Jodi Reinman confirmed that an iSCSI blade is on the Lightning's product roadmap, but she declined to provide any additional details.

Actually, HDS telegraphed its intention to deliver iSCSI support way back in May 2002, when it launched the Lightning 9900V. At the time, the company noted that the system supported multiple protocols, including 1- and 2-Gbit/s Fibre Channel, Escon, and Ficon -- and could support "future protocols, such as iSCSI, as market demand dictates." (See HDS Switches On 'BlackLight'.)

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