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HP Trials iSCSI on Unix

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is continuing to carefully test the IP SAN waters with the release this week of a beta version of an iSCSI driver for its Unix operating system, HP-UX.

HP's iSCSI driver -- which can be downloaded here -- is intended for HP rp8400, rp7400, rp7410, and rp54XX- and rp24XX-series servers running the HP-UX 11i version 1 64-bit operating system.

"HP's initial iSCSI release is the first step in a plan to introduce enterprise-ready iSCSI products to this growing market," says Graham Smith, senior I/O planning manager in HP's Unix division.

At this point, HP is mainly interested in how popular the download is. Smith says the purpose is to let customers "explore iSCSI and get comfortable with the technology." [Ed. note: A few splits of Champagne and a little John Tesh usually does the trick for us.] He adds that HP does not recommend customers use the iSCSI driver in mission-critical environments. The company expects to deliver the final version of the iSCSI driver for HP-UX in three to six months.

One scenario HP imagines for iSCSI on HP-UX is to connect into its recently released StorageWorks SR2122 iSCSI storage router, which connects "stranded" servers to existing Fibre Channel SAN storage. The iSCSI router, which was developed by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), has two Gigabit Ethernet and two Fibre Channel ports (see HP Kisses NAS, Nods to iSCSI).

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