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New chips, standards expected at SNW event

New chips, standards expected at SNW event

New intelligent network management chips, 4Gbit/sec. Fibre Channel technology and a multitude of iSCSI switches, controllers and network cards are anticipated at this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Phoenix. Attendees can also expect an update on the status of several storage standards during the event.

Arun Taneja, founder of research firm The Taneja Group in Hopkinton, said that several "intelligent chips" in new products will be demonstrated for users at SNW.

"These are intelligent processors chip makers have been building for the past three or four years," he said. The chips will play a key role in a flurry of announcements from network vendors, including EqualLogic, LeftHand Networks Inc. and Entrada Networks, Taneja said.

Taneja also expects some system-level disk products to come out of the show, including a new Clariion array with an iSCSI interface from EMC. The company is also expected to showcase its Storage Router virtualization technology, which was unveiled at the SNW show last fall and is slated to ship in the first half of this year.

Making the Switch

Meanwhile, Brocade Communications Systems will be unveiling 4Gbit/sec. Fibre Channel switches as upgrades to its SilkWorm line. The SilkWorm 4100 switch will sport an application-specific integrated circuit chip and is expected to provide enhanced network-based management features and higher throughput.

Storage Technology will disclose plans to resell Brocade's new 4Gbit/sec. switches along with its latest array, the StorageTek FLX380 storage system. The FLX380, also set to be unveiled at the show, builds on the FlexLine family of modular arrays but is expected to offer lower acquisition and expansion costs.

LSI Logic will introduce its eight-port MegaRAID serial-attached SCSI (SAS) adapter, which is designed to allow users to mix and match higher-performance disks with lower-cost Serial ATA (SATA) disks. LSI will also unveil its first SAS RAID 6 controller and an iSCSI array that's designed to let administrators build an IP-based SAN using SATA-based arrays.

In addition to the vendors' announcements, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) will use the SNW stage to announce that the Storage Management Interface Specification (SMI-S), a common management interface for storage management software and devices, has been submitted to the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards.

SNIA will also introduce SMI-S 1.1, which is intended to offer common management features between network-attached storage arrays, iSCSI arrays, tape libraries and a multipathing management application programming interface


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