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So Looking Forward to Movable Type & More on iSCSI and FC

I just had an exchange with some folks on the rupturedmonkey blog regarding the relevance of iSCSI for enterprise datacenter SANs.  All this happened while I was traveling meeting customers and such, and dealing with spotty Internet access and lots of things to do in a compressed amount of time. 

Anyway, I had a problem with a post I made last weekend (it disappeared) which I thought had been recovered and reposted, however when I looked today I saw that it had not been completely recovered but had been truncated after the first paragraph.  It was the one below titled, 'Just Don't Believe That FCB FUD'.  I'm posting the entire contents again here - just for the record.

There are FCBs (Fibre Channel Bigots) out there who want customers to believe iSCSI storage networks are only fit for small businesses and departments, supporting basic file services.  A customer told me that’s how one of our competitors that sells both Fibre Channel and iSCSI described it to them. They might have their reasons for positioning their own iSCSI products that way, but I wish they wouldn't try to disparage a perfectly good industry standard.

Yesterday I met a customer using EqualLogic iSCSI SAN storage behind a 250 node Linux cluster running their bread and butter engineering/analytics application.  Definitely not a mom and pop shop - and they are using SATA drives, software initiators and a Gb Ethernet SAN. Their EqualLogic storage is configured a number of ways; including 4-member storage groups (think grids) , 2 member groups and single systems.  FWIW, as their needs change I anticipate they will want to start using EqualLogic 3000 series systems with SAS drives.  There is a lot of performance headroom with those systems.

Storage purchases are too important to be fudded by vendors. Do a real apples to apples comparison and you may find what EqualLogic customers have. This iSCSI stuff can work just as well and just as reliably as FC for a much lower TCO.

We've had a plan in place to change blogging software for some time and it should happen soon.  Hopefully this problem of missing, truncated posts and comments will come to an end.  Its been aggravating.  Anyway, I'm sure changing blogging software won't keep irony from entering my life, but I am looking forward to some improvements. 

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