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SDC Udvikling

Danish application service provider (ASP)
SDC Udvikling has proven that iSCSI can win out even in shops where Fibre Channel is entrenched (see EqualLogic Powers Big Euro IP SAN).

SDC IT consultant Bo Christiansen says he was already running Fibre Channel systems from Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) when he decided to consolidate his SANs last year. The ASP hosts data from 85 financial institutions, and Christiansen set out to consolidate 550 branch offices with servers in each office onto 12 Dell servers in the data center.

He heard about price advantages from iSCSI so decided to check it out. He evaluated systems from Adaptec Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), EqualLogic Inc., and FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) as well as new Fibre Channel systems from Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), Hitachi, and HP.

Christiansen admits to a bent toward IP. We preferred IP if it could perform,” Christiansen says. “It’s easier to manage. We did a lot of testing, and the benchmarks are pretty good compared to Fibre Channel SANs. We are happy with it.” In the end, Christiansen says he picked EqualLogic based on throughput performance and price.

During the consolidation, Christiansen phased out his existing HP Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1000 system onto eight EqualLogic PS50e, PS100e, and PS200e systems (see EqualLogic Unfurls iSCSI Flag and EqualLogic Expands SAN Line). Now he has 30 Tbytes stored on EqualLogic systems and plans to double that by moving storage from other Fibre Channel systems later this year.

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