ADIC last week announced one of the first iSCSI-capable tape libraries for small and midsize enterprises.
The Scalar 24 and 100 are now iSCSI-enabled, allowing IT managers to increase back-up performance by connecting the tape library directly to the Ethernet network.
Of the tape library manufactures out there, only ADIC and Spectralogic support iSCSI.
The iSCSI standard, which has had server adapters and drivers available for some time, is just now starting to see storage arrays and libraries that are iSCSI-enabled. In the last year, EMC, Network Appliance and Hitachi have either announced iSCSI capability for their storage subsystems or have announced their intent to support it. In networking gear, Cisco, Dell and HP and 3Com support iSCSI.
Analysts says that 2004 will be the year for iSCSI.
“iSCSI is taking a lot longer to take off as a technology because the lack of targets,” says Jamie Gruener, senior analyst for the Yankee Group. “This won't get resolved until the later half of 2004, which pushes real volume deployments of iSCSI into 2005 and beyond.”
The Scalar 24 starts at $17,500; the Scalar 100 starts at $22,700. Existing Scalar 24 and 100 users can upgrade their libraries to iSCSI for $4,500 and $5,500, respectively. The capability is expected to be available sometime this quarter.