Spirent Communications Fibre Channel Over IP Testing Solution Adopted by SAN Valley Systems.Business Editors/Hi-Tech Writers
CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2002
Testing solution simulates Fibre Channel devices and IP network
impairments, allowing SAN Valley to test the SL1000IP-SAN
Gateway over MAN/WAN distance - customers are assured seamless
FCIP (Fibre Channel over IP) A protocol for tunneling Fibre Channel data across an IP network. Fibre Channel was designed for local storage area networks (SANs), but FCIP extends the distance to remote locations via any IP network. See Fibre Channel, iFCP and IP storage. connectivity at wire-speed
Spirent Communications(TM), a wholly owned business group of Spirent plc, (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : SPM SPM - Sequential Parlog Machine ) announced today that SAN Valley Systems(TM) has begun using Spirent's performance analysis solution for the SAN Valley SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway.
A leading provider of SAN connectivity solutions, SAN Valley leverages Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology to enable enterprise businesses with reliable wire-speed storage data transfer among remote locations.
Spirent's complete test solution includes its 1 and 2 Gbps SmartBits SmartMetrics(TM) Fibre Channel Modules and SmartFabric(TM) Performance Test Suite -- used by SAN Valley to generate traffic and measure the performance of its IP-SAN gateway -- and the Gigabit Ethernet An Ethernet standard that transmits at 1 Gbps. Used mostly to connect high-end workstations and servers as well as for network backbones, Gigabit Ethernet transmits full duplex from point to point using switches and half duplex in a shared environment (CSMA/CD) using a hub. Network Impairment Emulator (GENIE) for its Adtech AX/4000 Broadband Test System to simulate network impairments encountered in real-world IP networks.
The combined test solution will ensure SAN Valley customers FCIP connectivity at wire speed.
"Performance testing and analysis is crucial to the development and deployment of new storage networking technologies such as FCIP," said Jamie Gruener, storage analyst, Yankee Group. "Spirent Communications is a front-runner in filling an industry need for performance analysis. This information is not only valuable to the vendors developing products to these new standards, but customers who will be interested in deploying the next generation of storage networks in 2002."
Network latency, packet jitter A flicker or fluctuation in a transmission signal or display image. The term is used in several ways, but it always refers to some offset of time and space from the norm. For example, in a network transmission, jitter would be a bit arriving either ahead or behind a standard clock cycle and guaranteed service delivery over Metro Area Networks (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) infrastructures are mission-critical issues for SAN designers. The use of an IP-SAN gateway such as SAN Valley's SL1000 enables the efficient transfer of Fibre Channel traffic over the IP network and manages flow control and jitter for full network utilization over MAN and WAN areas.
For enterprises and storage solutions providers, this translates into more reliable deployment and a quicker return on investment from their SAN implementations.
"The emerging IETF See Internet Engineering Task Force.
IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force standard for carrying Fibre Channel traffic over IP networks provides a reliable and cost-effective transport solution for connecting remote storage area networks (SANs)," said Mark Fishburn, vice president of technical strategy for Spirent Communications. "By using Spirent's comprehensive SAN performance analysis solution to prove low latency, high throughput, and no frame loss, SAN Valley can accelerate the evolution of storage in next-generation networks."
Spirent's 1 and 2 Gbps SmartBits SmartMetrics(TM) Fibre Channel Modules enable SAN Valley's test engineers to categorize the performance, reliability, and quality of the SL1000 in the storage fabric.
These Fibre Channel modules, for the SmartBits 600 and 6000B chassis, simplify the testing process by emulating numerous attached devices such as servers and storage systems, to deliver higher quality testing while eliminating the need for large, complex test environments.
Spirent's GENIE tool completes the test offering by simulating "real world" network conditions and impairments that could occur in a MAN or WAN, including latency, errors and dropped frames on Gigabit Ethernet links. It also introduces variable delay of up to 500 milliseconds, simulating a wide range of distances that reach beyond the span of North America. GENIE, running on Spirent's Adtech AX/4000 Broadband Test System, provides a cost-effective, controlled and repeatable test environment.
"Spirent's combined performance analysis solution for SANs met our rigorous testing requirements during the research and development and production testing of our IP-SAN gateway," said George Harris, vice president of engineering for SAN Valley. "Thorough performance testing under real-world conditions assures our customers that our IP-SAN Gateway operates seamlessly with other SAN devices and that Fibre Channel traffic will be transferred efficiently over the IP network."
SAN Valley's SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway connects disparate Fibre Channel SANs across IP and optical networks, enabling customers to send secure data over extended distances for reliable SAN-to-SAN connectivity. With wire-speed connectivity up to 500 km and even greater distances at lower speeds, the SL1000 provides cost/performance benefits and leverages existing Fibre Channel and gigabit Ethernet infrastructures.
Spirent offers complete performance analysis solutions for 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. , SAN, IP, ATM and Packet-over-Sonet Networks.
About SAN Valley Systems (www.sanvalley.com)
SAN Valley Systems delivers high-performance IP-SAN connectivity solutions into enterprise, service provider and carrier markets worldwide. SAN Valley develops and markets networking solutions that connect storage resources across IP and Optical networks.
SAN Valley's products interoperate with best-of-breed networking, SAN and optical technologies, to provide end-to-end storage networking solutions. The company's products provide investment protection by reducing the cost and complexity of deploying and managing mission-critical storage services.
Based in San Jose, Calif., SAN Valley Systems is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. with funding from Moore Capital, Upstart Capital, Vertex Management, Innovacom Venture Capital, Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) and Cisco Systems (NSDQ NSDQ Night Stalkers Don't Quit (US Army 160th SOAR slogan) : CSCO CSCO Cisco Systems Incorporated (stock symbol)
CSCO Chief Supply Chain Officer ). The company is a voting member 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 and a founding member of SNIA IP Storage Forum.
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Spirent Communications (www.spirentcom.com) unites the best in performance analysis technology with network operations expertise. The company's award-winning solutions enable customers to accelerate the development, deployment and assurance of next-generation network equipment and services worldwide.
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