by CIO Staff


May 05, 20081 min

Connection to Virtualization


Storage firm EqualLogic became known for its iSCSI storage-area network (SAN) products, which have now been optimized for virtualization. These products can help enterprise IT radically reduce storage costs using a SAN. (Before iSCSI, the only other mainstream option was fibre channel, a technology that’s too complex and expensive to manage for many companies.)

Why It’s Significant

Within storage, iSCSI is a hot growth area: IDC (a sister company to CIO’s publisher) expects 25 percent of all external storage sold in 2011 to be iSCSI-based. Now as part of Dell (which is making a concerted effort to expand its virtual server and virtual storage business) EqualLogic will have more financial backing and direct distribution, though Dell competitors such as HP or IBM may pass it over in integration deals in which non-competitors’ products are available.

Key Products

  • iSCSI SAN products
  • Enterprise Grid Orchestrator (multi-site server grid manager)

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