US start-up, Gadzoox, introduced a modular hub last week for what it describes as Storage Area Networks (SANs) and said it had plans to introduce a switch to the European market next month. Director of marketing, Bill Lozoff, said its Gibraltar GS hub is the first managed hub in the marketplace. The product will be available in December with prices starting at #3,550 a port. The company has already recruited a number of channel partners including Ideal Hardware in the UK. Gadzoox aims to split its business between OEM business and sales through the channel, with Hewlett-Packard and Data General already using its products, but refused to say if it will strike a deal with Compaq which has been at the forefront of pushing fibre channel as an option. Lozoff said the GS will come with a user-defined, per port selection of optical or copper, with the management module allowing any hub to be field upgraded from slave to master. The advantage of fibre channel over SCSI is that it is far more extensible and allows the transmission of data to and from server and storage nodes. Gadzoox is funded by venture capital and a minority, $10 million investment from Seagate. It hopes to go public at some stage next year. Ideal Hardware: 0171 286 5000.
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