Amdahl's Storage Area Network Solution Supports Data Access across the Enterprise.SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 6, 1999--
Complete hardware, software, and services solution allows
information sharing See data conferencing. for better business management
Amdahl(R) Corporation today announced details of its Storage Area Network (SAN) initiative, including the release of several SAN-related products. Amdahl's SAN initiative provides the tools to allow IT organizations to manage, track, and exploit their data across the enterprise through a variety of easily configurable interconnections. All components have been "interoperability tested" and are customer ready. With these tools, Amdahl customers can "seamlessly" create and move data across multiple storage networks.
The Amdahl SAN solution will help organizations take advantage of the explosion in data due to the global deployment of data warehousing See data warehouse.
data warehousing - data warehouse and Internet and E-commerce applications. Users can expect higher levels of performance and reliability when accessing data and relief for overwhelmed data networks and systems. "New, high-speed, low- latency methods for data networking and server and storage interconnects are needed," said David West David West is the name of several people, including
Since early 1990, mainframes and data centers have been using a network interface for storage called ESCON (Enterprise Systems CONnection) An IBM S/390 fiber-optic channel that transfers 17 Mbytes/sec over distances up to 60 km depending on connection type. ESCON allows peripheral devices to be located across large campuses and metropolitan areas. to connect mainframes to multiple storage systems. ESCON is a serial, fiber optic, point-to-point switched network that enables the connecting of tape, disk, and printing devices to MVS (Multiple Virtual Storage) Introduced in 1974, the primary operating system used with IBM mainframes (the others are VM and DOS/VSE). MVS is a batch processing-oriented operating system that manages large amounts of memory and disk space. hosts. This type of network is called a storage area network. Amdahl has been working with ESCON SANs since their introduction.
Amdahl has also been working with industry organizations to help in the development of SAN standards over the past several years. These associations include the Fibre Channel Association (FCA FCA
Abbreviation for the Free Carrier ), the Storage Networking Industry Association An association of producers and consumers of storage networking products, whose goal is to further storage networking technology and applications. The Storage Networking Industry Association, or SNIA (SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association, San Francisco, CA, www.snia.org) An organization devoted to the advancement of mission critical storage systems. Founded in 1997, its goal is to determine the standards that must be developed to allow hosts and storage systems to interact via ), and the Fibre Channel Loop Committee (FCLC FCLC Florida Certified Landscape Contractor
FCLC Fiber Channel Loop Community (promotional organization for FCAL)
FCLC Fibre Channel Loop Community ). Amdahl exchanges technical information with selected vendors, which has led to continuous improvement of the interoperability of Fibre Channel products.
SANs comprise storage subsystems and storage devices, server systems, Fibre Channel interconnects (hubs and switches), and management software. Amdahl provides the LVS LVS Linux Virtual Server
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LVS Logistical Vehicle System
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LVS Logistics Vehicle System Fibre Channel attached RAID storage subsystem to meet the requirements of high-performance and high-capacity systems running mission-critical applications. LVS supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 0+1, and utilizes Fibre Channel industry-standard attachment for operation in the Solaris, HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. , Windows NT(R), and AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. environments.
Amdahl provides Intelligent Hub and enterprise Fabric Switch interconnects from strategic alliance relationships with Vixel Corporation and McDATA Corporation. The Amdahl hub provides flexible connectivity options for attaching multiple Fibre Channel hosts and servers. This 12-port intelligent hub with management software enables dynamic attachment of new devices and supports up to 100 MB/sec data transmission speeds between server and storage subsystems. The hub is a cost-effective entry point for workgroups and smaller departments. Amdahl also furnishes 2 switches, a departmental switch with 16 ports and optional high-availability features, plus an enterprise Director with 32 ports, which includes the high-availability features required by data center managers. Both switches offer any-to-any dynamic switching at 100 MB/sec performance per port. Both switches include fabric connectivity management software that provides enterprise-wide, centralized control.
In addition to supporting Fibre interconnects, Amdahl offers teamserver(R), an award-winning Windows NT Intel-based platform, from its parent Fujitsu Limited. Amdahl is also one of Sun Microsystems' largest systems integrators and is focused on delivering client/server environments based around high-end, data center, Sun servers. The testing and integration of these platforms is a critical component of the Amdahl SAN initiative. The integration of third-party software products supporting clustering, high availability, backup, and tape and storage management is addressed through testing and certification with leading independent companies such as Legato Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and Veritas Software.
Amdahl's Data Management consulting practice provides the design and deployment of Fibre infrastructure, and Amdahl's Product Support Services Product Support Services, more commonly referred to as PSS, is the Microsoft business unit with primary responsibility for responding to end-user and partner requests for assistance with the company's products and services. delivers the ongoing maintenance of the many hardware components within a SAN infrastructure. The consulting practice and the support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services are delivered through Amdahl Global Solutions.
The Amdahl SAN solution helps businesses maximize access, flow, and protection of information, any time and anywhere.
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