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Tech Buzz 3/03

The skinny on Internet SCSI

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A new way to handle office computing is coming to town. Internet SCSI (iSCSI )is a standard that allows computers to access and share remote (rather than internal) hard drives over a network using IP Internet protocols. The hard drives show up on each desktop as local disks and behave that way for the user. iSCSI is also expected to make installing a Storage Area Network, a much simpler and more affordable task.

That iSCSI works over familiar existing Ethernet networks is a point in its favor. At its most basic, all you need is an iSCSI adapter and the proper software. You can get the advantages of shared storage drives while each computer still uses its own processing power and memory, limiting the drag on resources that can occur with solutions like thin clients. Tasks such as upgrading software for multiple computers, backing up data and managing systems could be greatly simplified.

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