LeftHand to Expand ATA Line

Storage start-up plans to boost reliability, scalability in its ATA-based product line.

Storage start-up LeftHand Networks Inc. this summer will expand its ATA-based product line for better reliability and scalability.

The 50-person Boulder, Colo., companys Distributed Storage Matrix array and software is designed for customers who cant afford the complexity or price of a brand-name storage area network, CEO Bill Chambers said.

LeftHand will soon upgrade its Maxtor Corp. and Seagate Technology LLC hard drives from parallel to serial ATA. New software, version 4.1, will bring wide-area virtualization this summer, Chambers said today.

"Our technology will run over a MAN and a WAN so that customers can replicate their data offsite. Regardless of where their storage is on the network, they see it as one unified pool," he said.

Also, DSM will soon get new operating system support. Currently it supports Linux, Solaris and Windows; the options under consideration are AIX, HP-UX and Netware, he said.

DSM starts at about $15,000 for a half-terabyte capacity. The company has "dozens" of customers, signing about one per week, he said.

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