Storage firm Adaptec has launched a beta programme for internet protocol (IP) storage networking systems, which it claims will lead to the first "real world" deployments of IP storage networks.
Together with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Adaptec is working with a broad range of customers including Trimble, Sandia Labs and the University of Michigan.
The beta programme, based on internet small computer systems interface (iSCSI) technology, includes storage area network (San) deployments to support Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, databases and collaboration and messaging systems across both Windows and Linux platforms.
Trimble, a provider of global positioning system (GPS) optical and laser technologies, is deploying an iSCSI storage network incorporating Network Appliance's storage system and Adaptec iSCSI adaptors to support storage pooling for both engineering and Microsoft Exchange.
Bob Denis, chief information officer at Trimble, said in a statement that the decision to move to iSCSI was taken because scaling storage resources using its traditional in-server storage was resource-intensive and time-consuming.
"We look forward to the ability to more easily manage, allocate and protect our storage resources on an IP San."
The installations include Adaptec iSCSI host bus adaptors and use servers and storage systems from OEMs including Eurologic and Network Appliance.
"The availability of Adaptec's iSCSI host bus adaptors along with iSCSI storage systems from leading OEMs such as Network Appliance is a major milestone in the advent of the IP storage market," said Ram Jayam, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's storage networking group, in a statement.
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