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Studio Network Solutions globalSAN® iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X

globalSAN – The iSCSI Initiator for OS X

The globalSAN® iSCSI Initiator for OS X enables Mac computers to connect to practically any iSCSI storage target, using standard GbE or 10GbE hardware. iSCSI is a network protocol standard that enables the transport of block-level I/O over TCP/IP. One major advantage of iSCSI is that it can work over your existing Ethernet infrastructure. Depending on the speed of your network, an iSCSI-based storage area network (SAN) can rival the performance of a Fibre Channel SAN, and can cost far less to implement.In an iSCSI SAN, an initiator is needed on each computer that requires access to the networked storage. An initiator is not included with the purchase of a Mac, so we created globalSAN to bring iSCSI to OS X.

The globalSAN iSCSI Initiator for OS X enables Mac computers to connect to practically any iSCSI storage target, using standard GbE or 10GbE hardware.

iSCSI Overview

iSCSI is a block-level protocol that enables the ability to implement a Storage Area Network (SAN) within an Ethernet/IP infrastructure. The protocol is extremely efficient and can therefore maximize the throughput of a well-designed Ethernet network. Read A Brief Introduction to iSCSI if you would like to learn more.

Sharing iSCSI volumes

If you plan to have multiple computers connecting to the same iSCSI volume, you will need management software (e.g. SANmp or Xsan) in place. Our SANmp sharing software enables multiple OS X and Windows computers to share a common pool of iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage. If you just need to share a common pool of iSCSI storage we recommend iSANmp, which is identical to SANmp, but enables iSCSI-only sharing.

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