Entrada Networks has introduced its Silverline router that promises to let companies bridge storage area networks (SANs) over WANs to replicate data or transport storage natively over IP.
The Silverline router provides access for multiple transport methods such as Fiber Channel over IP, Gigabit Ethernet, SCSI over IP and Fiber Channel backbone. Entrada claims it will be one of the first companies to offer a router that supports these access methods in a single box. In addition, the device will let enterprise customers use existing Gigabit Ethernet networks to move data over IP natively using the SCSI protocol.
The router typically sits on a Fiber Channel SAN and links to a WAN or metropolitan area network (MAN) connection to transport data across the IP-based network.
The Silverline router, which will ship in the first quarter of 2001, will ultimately support T-3, ATM, SONET and OC-3, OC-12 and OC-48 transport services. The box features two Fiber Channel ports, two WAN/MAN ports and two LAN ports.
Next year Entrada will also introduce an optical switch called SANLight, which will tie SANs to WANs. SANLight will have multiple Fiber Channel ports and offer support for ATM, Enterprise Systems Connection, OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 and SONET, as well as feature daisy-chaining capability with switches from other vendors. SANLight will be released for beta testing the first half of next year.
Pricing is not yet available.