Sun Makes Strong Showing at iSCSI Plugfest
By kgibson on Aug 10, 2005
SAN JOSE - Sun made a strong showing at last week's iSCSI Plugfest in San Jose. Sun brought along Sparc and x64 servers running advance copies of Solaris 10 Update 1 which includes their new iSCSI initiator driver. Although update 1 is not released yet, it's clear that the iSCSI stack in update 1 is a mature driver ready for the most demanding workloads. Sun also brought its automated Java Interoperable Storage Test Suite (JIST). JIST runs an extensive suite of hundreds of protocol compliance tests that fully exercise Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage devices.
Sun successfully ran its iSCSI driver and test suite against arrays from various vendors. Solaris ran well and the test suite found a variety of incompatibilities in some of the arrays during boundary and error-case testing. There were several requests for copies of JIST that array engineers could use to continue verifying iSCSI protocol compliance back in their own labs.
Although Sun has been criticized for being late to the iSCSI market, it's clear they have been working hard and when Solaris 10 update 1 releases, they will have an iSCSI stack with all the availability, reliability, and open-standards compliance you would expect from a Solaris server. Now it looks like it's the array vendors that need to catch up.