HP readies SAN backbone solution

HP readies SAN backbone solution

When Hewlett-Packard unveiled its overall storage area network (SAN) strategy last week, two important infrastructure pieces of its SAN puzzle were already in place.

In a move targeted at shoring up the management aspect of its SAN solutions, HP purchased Transoft Networks, a provider of open-systems Fibre Channel SAN solutions. Though no timetable has been set for the incorporation of Transoft's technologies into HP's solutions, the acquisition will give HP ownership of Transoft's SAN Manager software, which lets customers manage storage devices in heterogeneous environments.

In addition to the Transoft purchase, HP last week introduced a Fibre Channel host adapter card and a Tachyon TS protocol controller integrated circuit that can provide greater bandwidth across Fibre Channel architectures and enable devices to be easily connected to SANs.

The HP HHBA-5121A, a 32-bit and 64-bit 66MHz PCI Fibre Channel host-adapter card, will enable computer OEMs to offer "SAN-ready" solutions by allowing systems that ship with internal Fibre Channel devices to be easily connected to other Fibre Channel devices on a SAN.

At the heart of the host adapter is HP's Tachyon TS Fibre Channel controller integrated circuit, a single-chip PCI Fibre Channel controller optimised for Fibre Channel connectivity to storage subsystems and storage routers.

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