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Survivor's Guide to 2005: Storage and Servers

The IP SAN field had been left to small players like Network Appliance and Adaptec's acquisition, Snap Appliance. But in 2005, this market will hit the mainstream. Most major vendors are planning support for IP SANs, using iSCSI along with either FC-IP (Fibre Channel over TCP/IP) or iFCP (Internet Fibre Channel Protocol).

FC-IP and iFCP both aim to interconnect and extend your SANs, but they differ in approach. FC-IP makes Fiber Channel the dominant element, sending FC data through an IP tunnel, so your SAN management software shouldn't see a difference between a local SAN and a remote one. In contrast, iFCP enables IP networking's management capabilities so you can manage your SANs separately. At this writing, only McData Corp. supports iFCP. The other vendors support FC-IP.

2005 Survivor's Guide

• Introduction

• Business Strategies

• Security

• Network and Systems


• Mobile & Wireless

• Digital Convergence

• Business Applications

• Infrastructure

• Storage and Servers
• Special SMBs


• Companies to Watch in '05
• What's Hot/Not in '05

Vendors are rolling out IP-enabled SANs: full-blown FC SANs with IP connectivity. They're also rolling out FC SAN switches with IP functionality that will let you hook machines outside the data center to your existing SAN. In the short term, this is the ultimate solution to growing storage space needs outside the data center. Hooking a remote server that requires access to some kind of storage into your SAN means you can leverage that SAN investment outside its original bounds.

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