The Future of Storage Networking
Leveraging the ubiquity, familiarity, and volume drive
economics of IP and Ethernet technologies, IP Storage is positioned to
create a new wave of storage interconnectivity that will transport data
seamlessly end-to-end between clients and servers located anywhere in
local (LAN), metropolitan (MAN) and wide area network (WAN) environments.
The roadmap to higher performance iSCSI includes the emerging 10 GbE switch
infrastructures and adoption of IPsec v6 highly secure technologies.
of this, native IP storage has generated a great deal of interest within
the storage industry, as it offers a high-performance, low-cost network
storage solution. It also provides a smooth transition path from today's
high-cost, quasi-proprietary Fibre Channel SANs to standard IP SANs.
- High Performance NICs for Storage & Security
Dedicated ISITOE (Integrated Security, iSCSI Acceleration
and TCP Offload Engines) functions are
being made part of NICs to accelerate the performance of iSCSI based client/server/storage
systems. Industry standard unified management (SMI), iSCSI enabled switches,
and disk arrays based on low-cost SATA disk drives are being implemented
and are now available from a number of companies. The resulting price
erosion from widely used, high-volume IP SAN products will rapidly displace
Fibre Channel SANs.
will expand the market, making SANs available to the Small and Medium
Businesses, which hereto could not afford the expensive, vendor-proprietary
FC solutions. For a few years both FC and iSCSI technologies will co-exist
addressing different market segments; but as XML technologies and web
services start to become commonplace, the low-cost IP SAN solutions would
overtake FC SANs, even at the high end by 2006.
the best features of IP Network Management and FC Storage Management,
the new features in IP SAN Management will allow a rapid acceptance of
next generation IP SANs, which are being brought to market by at least
50 companies, now.
TeleStorage - the next frontier
the end-to-end IP storage infrastructure is established, TeleStorage will
emerge strongly, changing the way corporations build their data center
infrastructures. With the overbuilt dark fibre capacity available from
the new telecom carriers, expect to see applications such as video-on-demand
and grid computing to kick in as the present recession wears off. SSPs
will then reincarnate to provide managed storage services to customer
sites using a seamless storage over IP solution, directly form the IP