Group Performs Coast-to-Coast IP Storage Test
A small group of companies will announce a big storage happening later this month, focusing on a nationwide IP storage test.A small group of companies will announce a big storage happening later this month, focusing on a nationwide IP storage test. Under the code name Promontory, the companies-including Adaptec Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Hitachi Ltd., IBM, Intel Corp., Nishan Systems Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc.-will announce that about three weeks ago, they successfully tested Nishans IP storage gateways linking a Hitachi Fibre Channel disk array with Qwest IP data centers in Sunnyvale, Calif., and northern New Jersey, sources close to the group said.
Such a proof test is meaningful, industry analysts said, because IP storage technology, which doesnt have an official specification yet, degrades in performance over long distances. Conversely, they said, its unclear whether the Qwest portion of the test was conducted on a public network or in an optimized, controlled laboratory setting. At the least, this is the first known coast-to-coast IP storage networking test, they said.