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Microsoft iSCSI Target support versus Solaris iSCSI Target support

Darren Moffat
Senior Software Architect
Qutoting from this eWeek article on Microsoft annoucement of an iSCSI target solution:

Since it is an OEM product only, it will be packaged with Windows Storage Server R2 from Microsoft's channel partners to provide block and file storage for SMB (small and midsize businesses) and midrange customers as a hybrid device.

Now contrast this with the near silent announcement of iSCSI target driver integration into build 44 of the ON consolidation of OpenSolaris. Now add to that the fact that iSCSI initiator AND target solutions are completely free in Solaris. Consider also that you can use ZFS to sore the target "nodes" and take some beneift from ZFS's great data integrity story even if you are running NTFS as the filesystem on the initiator side. All this on a Thumper (aka Sun Fire X4500) too!

So why would anyone want to pay to OEM an iSCSI target solution for Windows ?

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  • c0t0d0s0.org Monday, July 31, 2006
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  • rnc Tuesday, August 1, 2006
    people will buy Windows iSCSI because it is a production release.
    this iSCSI may be production quality, but it is not being shipped for mainline solaris 10 yet.
    when it is shipped, sun needs some OEM partners who will embed solaris in their products to get the volume (the mantra). which means you need an equiv to to Windows Storage Server.
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