Sanrad Speeds IP SAN Adoption with New Switch

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2006-02-23 Print this article Print

The new iSCSI V-Switch 3800, which supports Fibre Channel and iSCSI, consolidates diverse storage into a single pool that can scale up to 8000TB.

Laying the groundwork for simplified IP SAN (storage area network) adoption and storage virtualization within the enterprise, Sanrad on Feb. 21 introduced its new iSCSI V-Switch 3800.

Available at the end of Q1, the V-Switch 3800 is designed to allow larger-sized organizations to consolidate multivendor and multiprotocol storage deployments into a single, centrally managed pool of storage that can scale up to 8000TB.
The new switch is capable of supporting Fiber Channel connectivity through its eight ports, as well as iSCSI storage through three Gigabit iSCSI Ethernet ports, said officials of Sanrad, based in San Francisco.
The iSCSI V-Switch 3800 intelligent storage switch features 2-, 3-, and 4-way local synchronous data mirroring for individual storage systems. The switch can be partnered up with aggregate V-Switch clusters in active-active system redundancy configurations to allow immediate failover, multipathing and unimpeded data accessibility in the event of a system shutdown or failure. Like Sanrads existing V-Switch 2000 and V-Switch 3000 products, the V-Switch 3800 supports an OS lineup including Microsoft Windows, Linux, SUSE, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP UX and Netware over WAN, LAN and iSCSI deployment. Along with storage virtualization capabilities, the new switch provides remote and local data replication, snapshot and rollback tools, data migration and storage administration of an IP SAN environment. The switch will be available through Sanrads channel and technology partners. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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