Trio Swamps Storage Hardware Analysis Space
Storage hardware analysis products will debut from most of the niche's significant vendors this spring and summer, exploiting the precision needs of trends in high availability, vendor interoperability and scalability.Storage hardware analysis products will debut from most of the niches significant vendors this spring and summer, exploiting the precision needs of trends in high availability, vendor interoperability and scalability. Black-box products from Finisar Systems, Ancot Corp. and I-Tech Corp. are used in developing, manufacturing and troubleshooting Fibre Channel and SCSI storage hardware. Experts say theyll become increasingly vital as vendors like EMC Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Network Appliance Inc., Veritas Software Corp. and scores of smaller companies engage in tense "co-opetition" deals to gain mind share and market share for management software. Finisar Systems, a division of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Finisar Corp., last week launched a product putting Fibre Channel, Ethernet and SCSI into one device called the GTX 4.0. GTX 4.0 starts in the low $30,000 range for portable versions and at $69,000 for a rack-mounted version. "You can compare Fibre Channel going in one side and Ethernet going out the other," and that works in any combination of the three protocols, said Timothy Bean, vice president of engineering.
Finisar is also readying an iSCSI product for release next month, as well as a 10GB version of the GTX later this year, Bean said. Looking forward a year or two, Finisar would like to build a product to extend the length of captured datas meaningfulness and then stream that traffic to disk. Then users could analyze corrupted data in its actual context, instead of just in simulated contexts, he said.