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iSCSI over IPv6

Can Cisco's iSCSI hardware be deployed on a Windows Server 2008 IPv6 network that uses InfiniBand as the underlying I/O fabric?

Thanks.

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

Hi,

Are you running IP over IB? Are you using a IB/Ethernet router to get the traffic from ethernet to IB?

If so, yes :)

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

There won't be any Ethernet based technologies involved in my datacenters.

And yes, I'll run IP over InfiniBand.

I don't want to get into some political discussion over why anyone should use Ethernet while InfiniBand offers much more bandwidth.

Can't iSCSI run over IPv6?

Thanks.

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

G'day,

Of course it can run over IPv6 - so long as your IB/Ethernet bridge is not going to do anything whacky you should be fine.

For more info:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5989/products_configuration_guide_chapter09186a0080664d94.html

and

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/technologies/tk648/tk872/tk373/technologies_white_paper09186a00802219bc.html

I would say however, depending on the size of your datacentre you might want to look at the nexus switches vs infiniband. I know the inifiband is very well priced a the moment but dual 10gbE cards these days are only ~1200(AUD)...

:)

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

Why would I need an IB/Ethernet bridge? I won't be using any Ethernet technologies in my datacenter.

Isn't most of Australia warm and sunny? I'll probably build one of my datacenters there.

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

What are you going to use as your iscsi target? What sort of storage are you going to use?

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

I'm as yet undecided on what kind of hardware I'll use in my datacenters, except that I'll be using some highest bandwidth InfiniBand implementation for all I/O.

But, I'll use Windows Server 2008 to run all my server software and possibly Cisco's VFrame product as well.

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Re: iSCSI over IPv6

OK. I've figured it out.

I'll use Windows Server 2003, or better yet, Windows Server 2008 servers with loads of RAM as my iSCSI targets. I think there are storage solutions available from EMC that use RAM for storage and hopefully they work with Server 2008.

I don't care about stupid 10Gbps Ethernet and I'll use high bandwidth InfiniBand for all I/O as I've sworn before. And I'll use IPv6 QoS to prioritize my IP traffic.

InfiniBand rocks!

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