NetConvergence, Inc. and FalconStor Software, Inc. Demonstrate iSCSI Software Interoperability; NetConvergence's IP Technology Extends IPStor's iSCSI Connectivity.Business Editors & High-Tech Writers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2001
NetConvergence, Inc., the leading developer of software iSCSI IP Storage solutions, and FalconStor Software, Inc., a storage networking infrastructure software company, jointly announced today the certification of NetConvergence's iSCSI Initiator and Target Drivers with FalconStor's flagship product IPStor, resulting in immediate compatibility of all NetConvergence-enabled iSCSI products with IPStor.
The firms will be publicly demonstrating the iSCSI solutions for the first time at Storage Networking World Storage Networking World (commonly called SNW) is a for data storage professionals in the United States. Sponsored by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association, SNW is held twice each year. Spring (SNW SNW Snow
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SNW Storage Networking World ) in Palm Desert, Calif., on April 9 -11 at the Emerging Technologies area of 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 . This multi-vendor, integrated demonstration of the NetConvergence Internet SCSI SCSI
in full Small Computer System Interface
Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB. , or iSCSI, again showcases the power of NetConvergence's interoperable iSCSI solution for storage networks.
The NetConvergence iSCSI Target is an integrated driver providing iSCSI connectivity for IPStor, software that provides enterprise customers both SAN and NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular access with a complete suite of storage services, including virtualization An umbrella term for enhancing a computer's ability to do work. Following are the ways virtualization is used.
Partitioning the computer's memory into separate and isolated "virtual machines" simulates multiple machines within one physical computer. , high-availability, mirroring, remote replication, snapshot and zero-impact backup/ restore facilitators. As a result of this collaboration, NetConvergence's iSCSI technology has extended the connectivity of IPStor and all iSCSI products previously certified by NetConvergence can readily be used by IPStor.
SCSI, or Small Computer Systems Interface, is a popular family of protocols for communicating with I/O devices, particularly storage devices. iSCSI describes a transport protocol for SCSI that operates on top of TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. . Significant progress has been made in the Internet Engineering Task Force (c/o Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Reston, VA, www.ietf.org) Founded in 1986, the IETF is a non-membership, open, voluntary standards organization dedicated to identifying problems and opportunities in IP data networks and proposing technical solutions to the (IETF See Internet Engineering Task Force.
IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force ) working group for IP Storage (IPS) and this collaborative demonstration is in full conformance with the iSCSI specification drafted by the IETF.
The most compelling business benefit of iSCSI is its ability to leverage existing IP infrastructures and IT staff know-how. iSCSI instantly transforms an IP network (LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. , MAN or WAN) into a Storage Area Network (SAN); clearly demonstrating the convergence of storage and networking. The recent series of announcements by NetConvergence on iSCSI compatibility reflects the maturity of the iSCSI transport protocol. The availability of industry products such as IPStor that support this cost-effective technology clearly indicates IP Storage is functional and deployable today.
"Taking the lead in IP Storage technology once again by demonstrating and building complete end-to-end solutions for networked storage and partnering with key IP Storage market makers such as FalconStor is an exciting opportunity," said Simon Fok, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of NetConvergence. "We are pleased to again participate in demonstrations of this kind to show the cascading of products available to support data center managers with enterprise-quality IP Storage solutions."
About NetConvergence, Inc.
NetConvergence is the leading provider of IP Storage software solutions that empower existing network infrastructure to perform end-to-end IP Storage. The Company's flagship Matrix Universal Glue(TM) software architecture enables a family of universal storage connectivity products to deliver high performance and fully scalable solutions for Storage Area Networks (SANs). Additional information about NetConvergence can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.netconvergence.com.
About FalconStor Software, Inc.
FalconStor Software, Inc. is a storage infrastructure company bridging the divide between storage and IP networking. FalconStor's IPStor is the first software to centralize, virtualize and provision storage over IP using standard industry components such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SCSI, and iSCSI, with future support for InfiniBand. Founded in 2000, FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., with international offices in Paris, Taichung (Taiwan) and Tokyo. For more information visit www.falconstor.com.