The Alacritech 1000x1 Single-Port Server and Storage Accelerator pushes Gigabit Ethernet HBAs into the world of high-speed storage networking. The high-performance Alacritech 1000x1 device does an excellent job of easing the strain on server CPUs, but its limited interoperability is an issue that must be addressed before IT managers can use the card to build enterprisewide IP SANs.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // In the long run, the Alacritech 1000x1 will save IT managers money by allowing them to consolidate a large amount of their storage networking on IP networks and, thanks to its TCP/IP offload capabilities, freeing up server resources. PROS // High performance, effective CPU offloading. CONS // Limited interoperability. Alacritech Inc., San Jose, Calif.; (408) 287-9997; www.alacritech.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The Alacritech 1000x1 adapters cost more than typical IP HBAs but less than Fibre Channel adapters. Because the 1000x1 can do storage networking and IP networking from a single card, IT managers can immediately free up a PCI slot on their servers for other use.