Internet Small Computer System Interface is the abbreviation of iSCSI which is a data storage related technological term. It is a protocol used to transfer data in between a host system (ex- Server) and Storage devices. In the year 2003, iSCSI was standardized by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), by combining Small Computer System Interface with TCP/IP protocol suite. This was done in order to transfer block data over Ethernet Networks.
It is a known fact that SAN appliances communicate with applications related to host system via block storage. So, through iSCSI, the transmission of SCSI Block Storage commands is possible within IP packets and that too giving full control of data flow and reliable transmission to Transmission Control Protocol (TCP).
Enterprises can utilize iSCSI Storage as a safe, efficient and economical way to store data in a centralized fashion. As mentioned earlier, it facilitates two hosts to communicate and exchange SCSI commands by using IP networks.
iSCSI storage is a reliable technique to achieve data consolidation and disaster recovery. It ensures optimization of space as it facilitates Thin Provisioning and Data Deduplication. Automatic failover and high availability ensure that data is continuously accessible. Data backup is offered through Synchronous Mirroring, Asynchronous Replication, Continuous Data Backup (CDP) and Snapshot. One of the key benefits is reduced cost due to a lower cost network and a reduced administration need due to simplified switches. Moreover, instead of investing on additional hardware resources, an enterprise can use its existing network infrastructure in the deployment of iSCSI Storage.
StoneFly™, a Silicon Valley based Californian Company is a pioneer in offering such iSCSI SAN Storage solutions from more than a decade or so. For those of you, who are in a lookout to bank on the benefits of iSCSI Storage, StoneFly™ Networks offers its entire range of iSCSI SAN storage solutions.