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EMC offers cheaper IP-based storage

EMC has started offering iSCSI-based storage on a new line of its CLARiiON arrays.

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EMC has started offering iSCSI-based storage on a new line of its CLARiiON arrays.

ISCSI (Internet small computer system interface) is an IP-based storage standard that enterprises can easily integrate with their existing IP network infrastructure.

ISCSI systems are designed to offer users a cheaper alternative to more expensive traditional fibre channel solutions for enterprise datacentres.

David Donatelli, EMC executive vice-president for storage platforms operations, said, "The lower relative implementation cost of IP storage is an important factor for customers wanting to consolidate their IT infrastructures to more effectively manage their information throughout its lifecycle."

The CLARiiON AX100i uses inexpensive Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) discs, and the CLARiiON CX300i and CX500i systems let customers mix fibre channel with parallel and SATA discs to create tiered storage within a single system.

Starting at £3,330, the new CLARiiON iSCSI prices are equivalent to EMC’s CLARiiON fibre channel prices, Donatelli said.

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