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HP Takes iSCSI Baby Step

Call it antihype: Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is doing its very best to not kick up a fuss over the introduction of its first iSCSI-based product.

The company is understandably being cautious about how it introduces products in this area, after the high expectations for storage-over-IP failed to amount to much -- which was partly HP's fault. Check this ber July 2001 announcement touting iSCSI from a year ago (see iSCSI in Exile).

HP's current IP storage strategy can best be described as "tactical." At HP's ENSA@Work customer and partner conference in Amsterdam this week, the company demonstrated an HP ProLiant BL10e blade server attaching to a SAN via an iSCSI-to-Fibre Channel bridge (see HP Outlines Virtualization Plans).

"This is the first IP storage product that we believe will be useful in the marketplace," says Mark Nagaitis, director of product marketing for HP's Infrastructure and NAS Division.

The idea is that the IP-to-FC bridge will connect "stranded servers" -- for which it's too costly or inconvenient to put in a Fibre Channel host bus adapter -- to an existing Fibre Channel SAN. HP officials say the product will be available to customers in the first half of 2003.

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