A US-based startup debuted a fibre channel based controller which it claims will free IT managers from proprietary restrictions and improve communications and management of network based software and hardware infrastructures.
Troika Networks has combined System Area Networks with Storage Area Networks to make SAN2 (San-squared).
Officials said the company's SAN2 Controller 2000 can "speak" three upper level protocols, making it easier to manage storage equipment, configure server clusters and build multi tier applications.
"Because of the rapid growth of the Internet and businesses' increasing reliance on IT, there is tremendous demand for greater storage and computing capacity, reliability and manageability," said Bill Terrell, president and chief technology officer at Troika.
With SAN2, IT managers can build enterprise wide systems of servers and storage based on an open standard fibre channel network platform.
Although the current Storage Area Networking (SAN) model is a good starting point, Terrell believes it needs to provide more functions such as clustering, high throughput IP and unified management.
Trokia officials said expanding on the storage centric SAN by adding IP networking and clustering functions, enables a "single-wire" fully open standard network infrastructure for building more reliable, scalable IT systems.
The products, which include a PCI based controller and the SAN2 Controller 2000, provide quality of service policy features across multiple protocols. The SAN2 Controller 2000 supports communication protocols, including FC-SCSI, FC-IP and the newest, Virtual Interface (VI) architecture.
Both FC-SCSI and FC-IP enable seamless shared data and communication among storage and servers, while VI assures that high performance applications share a communications path fairly.
Troika will additionally provide a layered software product, SAN2 Sockets, which steps up the performance of existing networked applications by using transparently the VI transport under the appearance of IP networking.
Funded by Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Troika was founded in 1998.
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