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From iSCSI to Fibre Channel storage -- when to switch

When should a VAR recommend that a client invest in Fibre Channel instead of using iSCSI?

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It is commonly understood that iSCSI SANs makes sense in SMB environments with fairly simple external storage needs, or where an existing Fibre Channel (FC) SAN does not already exist. A Fibre Channel (FC) SAN becomes necessary when nothing else will do the job: For example, if the customer's capacity or performance needs to dictate a storage array that provides more bandwidth via FC than via iSCSI.

This was first published in April 2007

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