Fast Guide

iSCSI storage vs. Fibre Channel storage: A SAN tutorial

Though for years Fibre Channel (FC) arrays have been the data transmission technology of choice for storage area networks (SANs), many shops are beginning to turn to iSCSI

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storage systems -- a less expensive data transmission option. From cost to speed and performance, iSCSI and FC are both competing for the SAN market, and our SAN tutorial offers a side-by-side comparison to help you determine which is the right technology for your customer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
   iSCSI vs. FC face-off
   iSCSI technical advice
   FC technical advice

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  • The cost of iSCSI storage systems and Fibre Channel arrays
    Is iSCSI really cheaper than FC? It depends on how you plan to implement your iSCSI solution. Our expert spells out the differences.
    iSCSI or FC for SMBs
    When it comes to selling a storage area network (SAN) to a small and medium-sized business (SMB) the question of iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel (FC) is sure to come up. Here are some differences to keep in mind when choosing a SAN for an SMB.  

    Continue reading about the differences between iSCSI and FC SANs.

  • iSCSI vs. FC performance: A closer look
    Does a iSCSI storage system or Fibre Channel array make more sense for you to recommend to your customers? The answer hinges on network design, traffic and other competing factors that you may be able to help optimize with good advice and support.

  • Selling iSCSI storage systmes or Fibre Channel arrays for SAN to SMBs
    Here are some differences to keep in mind when choosing a SAN data transmission protocol for an SMB.

  • Choosing a Fibre Channel array or iSCSI storage system SAN for SMBs
    iSCSI storage system SANs present a real challenge to the Fibre Channel array SAN market. Use this side-by-side comparison to determine which technology is best for your customer's company.

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  • Developing iSCSI SAN storage for SMBs
    Do you want to be able to anticipate your customer's questions? This supplemental iSCSI storage system guide has the answers to 10 of the questions your customers have been asking about iSCSI.

  • Challenges developing iSCSI
    If one of your clients has made the switch or is thinking about making the switch to an iSCSI storage system, there are some things that you have to know. Expert Brian Peterson offers the advice you need to get started.

  • Save money with iSCSI SAN storage
    iSCSI storage systems are constantly being hyped as a new technology that can save money for both you and the companies you work with and support. Check out these connectivity and manpower issues that will let you keep a little extra money in your pocket.

  • iSCSI SAN storage weaknesses
    With all the hype surrounding iSCSI, Peterson still recommends you keep in mind these six caveats.

  • Top 5 iSCSI tips of 2006
    SearchStorage.com has put together the top 5 iSCSI tips their readers identified in 2006. This compilation of technical advice will allow you to find out what your customers are most interested in without having to ask.

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  • FCIA chairman shares vision for Fibre Channel
    This conversation with the chairman of the Fibre Channel Industry Association discusses the future of FC and lays out the trends that you can be expecting in the coming months.

  • FCIP vs. iFCP
    Are you familiar with the pros and cons of FCIP and iFCP? Both can be used to route FC data over IP networks, but which is more easily implemented and which one reduces overall availability?

  • Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel
    An educational guide can be your best friend when you're looking for information to support Fibre Channel arrays. This compilation of FC technical advice is a valuable educational guide that you can refer back to when faced with tough questions about the technology.

    This was first published in October 2007

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