Hitachi targets SMEs with bundled San and McData iSCSI switch

Hitachi Data Systems has partnered with McData to offer small-and medium-sized enterprises a lower-cost alternative for Fibre...

Hitachi Data Systems has partnered with McData to offer small-and medium-sized enterprises a lower-cost alternative for Fibre Channel Sans.

The Hitachi TrueNorth iSCSI San includes the Hitachi Thunder 9570V modular storage system, the McData Eclipse 1620 San internetworking switch, and enablement services.

The iSCSI SAN is the first offering available as part of HDS’ iSCSI strategy. There will be a range of iSCSI solutions for both the SME and enterprise market that will be complementary to the existing Freedom Data Networks SAN and NAS portfolio from HDS. Additional iSCSI offerings will be announced in 2004.

The Hitachi TrueNorth iSCSI San Solution is available directly from HDS and its channel partners. Prices start at about £35,300 depending on configuration.

Meanwhile, IDC has forecast that the iSCSI array market will jump from $216m in 2003 to nearly $5bn in 2007. A number of factors are contributing to this:

  • iSCSI can be implemented anywhere IP networks are available.
  • Organisations can exploit IP capabilities including San management, Quality of Service, load-balancing, routing and security.
  • SCSI and Ethernet/IP are well established and enable organisations to leverage their existing IT infrastructure and knowledge.
  • Most operating system suppliers, including Microsoft, have pledged support for iSCSI. Nearly all operating systems are expected to offer iSCSI support by the end of the year.

Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com

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