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Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2006 

Short for Storage over IP, SoIP technology refers to the merging of Fibre Channel technologies with IP-based technology to allow for accessing storage devices over TCP/IP networks. SoIP is the framework for storage area networking (SAN) using Internet Protocol (IP) networks to directly connect servers and storage. SoIP products are designed to support transparent interoperability of storage devices based on Fibre Channel, SCSI, and a new class of Gigabit Ethernet storage devices using iSCSI and iFCP. Existing Fibre Channel or SCSI devices, such servers with host bus adapters (HBAs) or storage subsystems, can be included in an SoIP storage network without modification. [Adapted from Nishan Systems]

This technology is being standardized under the IP Storage (ips) IETF Working Group. Also referred to as SoIP Framework.

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iSCSI, FCIP, iFCP ... and iFUD? 
In the early days of IP storage protocol development (all of three years ago), vested vendor interests spawned a protracted war between proponents of alternate IP-based solutions. Waged in the trade press, industry associations, and other venues, the contention between early variants of iSCSI, FCIP, iFCP, and other proposals sometimes generated a religious fervor, bordering on jihad.

Network Storage Forum 
Business Continuity, Hardware, Industry News, IP Storage, Management, Outsourcing and more for Enterprise Storage.

IP Storage (ips)
There is significant interest in using IP-based networks to transport block storage traffic. This group will pursue the pragmatic approach of encapsulating existing protocols, such as SCSI and Fibre Channel, in an IP-based transport or transports. The group will focus on the transport or transports and related issues (e.g., security, naming, discovery,and configuration), as opposed to modifying existing protocols.

Storage over IP (SoIP) Framework (PDF)
Storage area networks have arrived. This new approach to networking servers and storage provides real solutions to current data center problems with backup, storage management, and scalability of high-end storage systems.

Zetera Corporation Web site
Zetera Corporation is the developer of Z-SAN network storage technology, delivering on the vision of true Storage-over-IP (SoIP) that enables storage system manufacturers to deliver high performance network storage at unprecedented price-performance.

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