Network equipment provider QLogic’s SANbox 6000 Series intelligent storage router is now available as the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) iSCSI Connectivity Option.
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The company says the iSCSI Connectivity Option, which serves up both Fibre Channel and iSCSI interfaces simultaneously, is designed to improve the total cost of ownership of the HP StorageWorks EVA by connecting more servers to a storage area network (San) at a lower cost than normal.
QLogic believes that approximately 20% of servers in a typical datacentre require the redundancy, high levels of throughput and high availability of Fibre Channel storage networks, but estimates that the majority are likely to be rack-mounted servers with less stringent requirements such as running web hosting, computer clusters, Microsoft Exchange or IT-developed applications.
The company also reckons they are likely to be connected to direct attached storage (DAS). As an alternative, QLogic says these rack servers can reap the numerous benefits of Fibre Channel San-attached storage, thanks to the lower per-server connectivity costs provided by the iSCSI Connectivity Option.
Kyle Fitze, director of San marketing at HP’s StorageWorks Division, says, ”The HP EVA iSCSI Connectivity Option [is] ideal for enterprises that have adopted FC Sans yet are looking for a lower cost alternative to connect additional servers via IP and iSCSI, without compromising the automation and rich functionality of our industry-leading EVA disk arrays."