Cisco iSCSI switching - "legal" vs "line rate"

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I've been asked the following questions:

1.)    Will a 3560 support iscsi? (legally?) It is doing it today, but is it recommended?

2.)    "Company" needs 2 non-blocking switches 24 or 48 port, whatever they decide…. These will be put in place to handle iscsi storage. What would recommend? 2960 or 3750?
"legally"?   I understand the concepts of "line rate" and "non-blocking"... from a Cisco standpoint, the new 3X-K and 2960-X switches are both advertised as "line rate".    

To the above questions, though - is there such a thing as "legal" iSCSI support?  Is it sufficient to claim a line rate switch as being iSCSI-compatible, etc?

The more detail/links, the better - thanks, folks!

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iSCSI is simply a TCP transport for storage.  Unlike Fibre Channel over Ethernet, the switch doesn't really have any active involvement in the management of the transport with iSCSI, so just about any switch will do as long as it can push the throughput you need.  In short, there's really no such thing as "legal" iSCSI support.

That said, because of the high volume used by storage systems are going to require some decent throughput.  Gigabit links may be sufficient for storage clients, but the servers are going to want multi-link LACP or 10Gb Ethernet.


Thank you - I'd never heard of any "legality" or "official" iSCSI anything either, which is why the question threw me...

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