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IP Storage Makes Names for Itself: Page 3 of 5

According to Blaine Kohl, business unit manager within Intel's LAN Access Division (the group working on IP storage), Intel will be supporting the iSNS protocol on its Intel PRO/1000 IP Storage Adapter, projected to be available later this year.

What is Intel's take on the competition between iSCSI and Fibre Channel and the timing of iSCSI adoption?

"We do believe that there is a one-gig market [for iSCSI over Ethernet], and that you will see product shipping in one-gig next year," Kohl told Byte and Switch. "That's not to say that we'll take the Fibre Channel world away from them by storm. I think there is a home for Fibre Channel, particularly at the high end. I think Fibre Channel will be a lot like we see with Token Ring. Ten years from now we may still see a few percentage points of the SAN market still owned by Fibre Channel."

Kohl thinks the real pickup for iSCSI will come with the introduction of 10-Gbit/s products, and she expects that to take place in late 2003 or early 2004.

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