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Comparing iSCSI and Windows Shares

Posted on by Darren McBride

You can’t tell by looking whether a machine is using iSCSI or a Windows Share. Both iSCSI and Windows Shared hard drives use an Ethernet connection to attach storage. Since they use the same physical connection and cable, it can be confusing understanding the difference. It used to be that an appliance that “shared” it’s drive was called a NAS (Network Attached Storage), and one that used iSCSI was called a SAN (Storage Area Network). This was because iSCSI was setup by installing a second network card in the server, and a dedicated link or Ethernet network was used for just storage traffic (hence the term storage area network versus local area network). Nowadays it’s not uncommon for even low end NAS devices to support the iSCSI software protocol, so the line can be somewhat blurry. Continue reading

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Understanding Deduplication and Single Instance Storage

Posted on by Darren McBride

The new Workstation Backup Appliance is a Windows based NAS with a removable drive that includes software to backup windows and Mac workstations.  One of the key features in this product is file level deduplication.  This feature was written for … Continue reading

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