iStor: enabling channel support for SMB/SME iSCSI solutions now.(Irvine, CA) April, 2005. 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. (iSCSI) is a simple, yet powerful idea that is changing the way we think about computer storage and the way it relates to computer networks. The iSCSI protocol maps the SCSI remote procedure invocation model on top of the Internet's Transport Control Protocol (TCP (1) (Transmission Control Protocol) The reliable transport protocol within the TCP/IP protocol suite. TCP ensures that all data arrive accurately and 100% intact at the other end. ) to produce a transport mechanism for storage over Ethernet.
In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , iSCSI encapsulates SCSI commands into TCP packets; thus enabling the transport of I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output block data over IP networks. Building on the heritage of SCSI and Ethernet, iSCSI enables a new world where storage area networks using Ethernet are possible. It also enables remote mirroring, remote backup and true disaster recovery. Replace direct attached storage solutions with affordable, Ethernet network-friendly SAN.
VARs and integrators offering iSCSI solutions to their SMB (1) (Small to Medium-sized Business) Also called "SME" (small to medium-sized enterprise), it refers to companies that are larger than the small office/home office (SOHO), but not huge. and SME (1) (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) See SMB.
(2) (Subject Matter Expert) An individual who is well-versed in the policies and procedures of a particular department or division. customers lead them out of simple file-based 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 into powerful, block-based SAN ... at a fraction of the cost of implementing Fibre Channel. You would also save your customers soft costs in staffing, since familiarity with Ethernet is common and familiarity with Fibre Channel is expensive.
iStor Enables SMB/SME iSCSI
Irvine, CA-based iStor offers a core enabling technology: the GigaStorATX, a highly integrated storage controller solution conforming to ATX See ATX motherboard.
(hardware, standard) ATX - An open PC motherboard specification by Intel.
ATX is a development of the Baby AT specification with the motherboard rotated 90 degrees in the chassis. form factor specifications. OEMs, VARs, and System Integrators can use Common Off The Shelf PC server and storage chassis to build high-performance, feature-rich, cost-effective iSCSI RAID storage solutions ... the foundation of reliable SANs in the cost-sensitive SMB and SME markets.
Powering the GigaStorATX is the highly integrated, high performance, 10GbE iStor iSNP8008 iSCSI/TCP/IP offload ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor. with embedded processors running a fully featured, integrated storage-virtualization firmware stack. "We are providing a high performance, integrated, cost effective solution that will meet the SMB and SME market demands for IP Storage" says Dave Clark director of technical marketing at iStor Networks, "Having a highly integrated ASIC and a fully featured storage firmware stack allows storage vendors to meet the market demands faster and reduce their overall cost for iSCSI-based storage systems." Affordably offer your customer s a robust feature set including Media Protection, Caching, Redundancy, End-to-End data protection, and RAID. Use state of the art SATA (Serial ATA) A serial version of the ATA (IDE) interface, which has been the de facto standard hard disk interface for desktop PCs for more than two decades. The original Parallel ATA (PATA) interface was launched in 1986. disk channels for block-based networked storage solutions such as near line storage, disk-to-disk backup and recovery, disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and archiving, and even high-capacity, cost-effective primary storage.
iStor's iSCSI Puts You In The Driver's Seat driv·er's seat
A position of control or authority.
The GigaStorATX is the capstone to iSCSI controllers that represent the best plan available for storage consolidation in places where it doesn't exist today. It represents a base of technology that people know and understand ... one of the rare technologies that comes from a mature base and offers a strong appeal. "Customers need a new storage technology that meets today's demand for high performance, interoperability and ease of management, but at a much lower total cost of ownership" says Peter Cmaylo VP of Business Development and Sales at iStor Networks, Inc.
The iStor GigaStorATX also offers a storage management software stack that provides volume 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. features by utilizing the concepts of storage extents. Extents are the fundamental building blocks used to enable features such as RAID, Online Capacity Expansion, Micro-Rebuilds. Volume Accessibility and Migration. Extents provide volumes that can be created from drives of dissimilar capacity and technology, a growth path that can occur without volume migration or reconstruction, a volume structure that implements snapshot copying, and much more.
Implementing iSCSI using the iStor GigaStorATX makes it possible for you to bring your customers a scalable, robust, easy to use, easy to manage, and cost-conscious storage networking solution. It may be the best product adoption decision you make this year.
iStor Networks, Inc.
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