Vixel Rolls Out 20-Port Switch-on-a-Chip
Vixel says upgrade promises cheaper array prices and better SAN reliability for customers of midrange storage arrays.Storage component maker Vixel Corp. announced Monday a new version of its switch-on-a-chip product, which promises cheaper array prices and better SAN reliability for customers of midrange storage arrays. The chip is a switched-architecture microchip that connects individual drives in parallel inside arrays. The new version has 20 ports, versus just 12 before, to accommodate storage vendors products of 16 data ports with two inputs and two outputs, officials explained. It can save users money and rack space because OEMs no longer have to use two of the old version, said Tom Hammond-Doel, technical director of the Bothell, Wash., company.
Also new in the InSpeed SOC 320 are chip trunking, failover features, silicon speed versus the prior versions firmware speed, and more detailed diagnostics and trending, he said.