Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial. He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services. You can also follow him on Twitter @az990tony.
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I think there's a good argument for calling iSCSI "IP SAN" when it runs over its own dedicated network.<div>&nbsp;</div> I'm curious whether you also categorize NFS as a form of IP SAN, when you build a dedicated NFS network between servers and storage?<div>&nbsp;</div> I'm not thinking of NFS for traditional file sharing here, but NFS on isolated switches as a heavy-duty storage back-end for applications like Oracle or SAP.<div>&nbsp;</div> What I think is so fun about this whole space is that it is evolving so quickly that the terminology just can't keep up with people's creativity. It reminds me of the early days in networking when people got into big fights about exactly what qualified as a switch, a router, or a layer-4 switch. Somehow people got over the naming fights and got on with deploying the things in creative new ways.<div>&nbsp;</div> Dave

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