FC to iSCSI Migrations
The economic climate in which we find ourselves is not for the weak of heart. It is imperative that every enterprise find every way possible to run leaner and greener. As such, many of Strategic Hardware’s clients are making the move from expensive, difficult-to-manage fibre channel (FC) environments to much less costly, easy-to-manage iSCSI SAN storage solutions.
There are now several IT experts who predict the time will come when FC will go the way of the 8-track tape. We believe that time will come sooner as the effects of the global recession will likely last for some time. In the face of this reality, spending 40% to 50% more for storage that has inferior performance, features and manageability will be impossible for any enterprise not in the Fortune 100.
The savings in iSCSI are significant. Apart from hardware alone carrying price tags 30% to 50% higher than those of comparable iSCSI solutions, the cost of the fibre components and network from HBAs, switches and the like pushes the cost of a FC SAN still higher. Yet perhaps the most painful reality for FC SAN owners is the cost of annual support. With comparable iSCSI solutions, our clients are seeing support savings in the range of 85% to 90%. Yes, 85% to 90%.
Should you elect to make this change from a FC to an iSCSI environment, we will help design an iSCSI SAN which, while saving you money, will also greatly improve availability, manageability as well as optimization with virtualization software. We will also be on site when the time comes to help make the actual data migration a painless exercise.
Call us toll-free at +1 (877) 267-1827 to find out more. Years from now, you’ll look back and realize it was one of the best calls you ever made.