IP Storage Whitepaper: The IP Storage Forum

This paper is aimed at a rather wide audience ranging from executives to technical specialists. The first section is a high-level overview of what is IP Storage, why consider using IP Storage and briefly discusses how IP Storage is different from other storage networking technologies. A significant portion of the material presented comes from earlier Storage Networking World Conferences, particularly the “IP Storage Technologies” presentation by David Dale and Peter Hunter and the presentation of “NAS and iSCSI Technology Overview” by Wolfgang Singer. The second section contains a more technical discussion of the three main technologies deployed in IP Storage; namely iSCSI, iFCP and FCIP. All three of these protocols are now fully ratified and vendors have a wide range of products in the market that are utilizing them.

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