JNI Licenses Troika Technology
Storage adapter and software producer JNI Corp. will announce its exclusive licensing of related technology from startup Troika Networks Inc. on Monday, officials said.Storage adapter and software producer JNI Corp. will announce today exclusive licensing of related technology from startup Troika Networks Inc. San Diego-based JNI will get, for $10.5 million, Troikas Zentai Controller and Path Command Plus products, plus existing customer support. Zentai, like JNIs own products, is a PCI-to-Fibre Channel card, but with advanced high-availability features for Microsoft Corp.s Windows operating systems. Path Command Plus is similar software for storage area networks and also has high-availability functions, an area that JNI officials said the company has been trying to expand into. EMC Corp. and Veritas Software Corp. have similar software in their stables, but other than price differences and JNI having its own controllers part of the host-bus adapter, the distinctions are in functionality, said Darryll Smith, the companys manager of network management products. The acquisition will help JNI build better RAID failure detection, automated reconfiguring of target device states, and features for failover, failback and load balancing, he said.
Those features will be live later this year and will come with a three-year warranty, compared with the 13-month warranty Troika had, he said. Separately, JNI plans to continue developing 2G-bit products and InfiniBand products, officials said.