Adapting to iSCSI
iSCSI continues its push to replace Fibre Channel as the premier way to transport stored data. Adaptec Inc. has released three adapters designed to maintain that momentum.
The three are application-specific, integrated, circuit-based IP adapters, rather than server-based implementations, thus improving storage network data speeds and performance for a lower cost, said executives with the Milpitas, Calif., company. The new devices include the ASA-7211 iSCSI Adapter, which enables iSCSI SAN (storage area network) connectivity by fully offloading both TCP/IP and iSCSI protocol processing.
Another adapter is the ANA-7711 TCP/IP Offload Adapter, an integrated device that provides IP network connectivity for network-attached storage and appliance server applications. The third, the ASR-7511 FC-iSCSI/FCIP Adapter, enables the connection of Fibre Channel SANs over Ethernet and Fibre Channel devices to be linked to iSCSI SANs.
Adaptec officials expect OEMs to begin shipping the adapters with products in the first half of next year.