The globalSAN iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X from Studio Network Solutions 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 leveraging existing Ethernet networks. 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.
Note! *Initiator is not included with the purchase of a Mac
- GUI and CLI Interface
- The initiator includes a GUI that installs into the System Preferences utility in Mac OS X, and a Command Line Interface, which can be used for scripting initiator functions.
- Persistent Targets
- Choose which targets the initiator should connect to automatically on startup.
- Connect before OS Login
- The initiator services are available without logging into OS X. By using persistent targets you can enable your computer to automatically connect to targets on reboot, without a user login.
- CHAP allows login to targets that require a password.
- Login Redirect
- Login Redirect is used by iSCSI targets as an availability feature.
- Asynchronous Logout
- Asynchronous Logout is a load balancing function used by iSCSI targets to request initiators to use a different physical network connection for storage.
- SLPv2 Discovery
- SLP is a Service Location Protocol used for discovering iSCSI-related services.
- MC/S (Multiple Connections per Session)
- MC/S enables the initiator to combine several connections in a single session for performance and failover purposes.
- Xtarget Storage Server
- The Xtarget* Storage Server is a component in globalSAN that enables you to transform Mac into an iSCSISAN server. It enables you to access the local storage you already own (Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB, etc.) over iSCSI. 1