Microsoft Will Drive iSCSI Closer
Baltazar: Like it or not, a driver from Microsoft makes iSCSI easier to deployOn Monday, the road to iSCSI deployment got a bit smoother when Microsoft released its iSCSI driver for Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional . The release of a driver is seldom front-page news, but in this case, the release of Microsofts iSCSI driver means hardware and software engineers have one less variable to worry about when doing interoperability tests. (The driver can be downloaded from here.) Most people cringeand rightly sowhen they hear about SAN interoperability problems in the Fibre Channel world (which have taken years to hammer out). Interoperability headaches are the last thing IP storage vendors need.
I have no problems with the available drivers, from vendors like Cisco. Like it or not, however, having a single driver maintained and pushed by Microsoft should make iSCSI easier to troubleshoot and deploy. Furthermore, Im sure Cisco would be happy to not have the added responsibility of keeping its own driver updated.