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Alan Earls Published: 18 Oct 2012

The need for speed By Alan Earls TCP/IP vendors have been making plenty of headlines in their effort to carve out territory in storage but one of the hurdles limiting broader acceptance of the technology is the need for systems to be able to deal with large amounts of network I/O. As IP-based networking storage comes to market, along with it can come the need to offload the TCP/IP traffic onto a separate network adapter. A number of vendors have tackled this or are tackling it in one way or another. And more can be expected: Gartner Dataquest's Nick Allen wrote recently that there could be 11 million storage ports in need of TCP/IP offload engines (TOEs) by 2005! Trebia Networks, Inc., of Acton, Mass., one of the newer arrivals in the space, recently announced what it describes as a new architecture for the industry's first Storage Network Processor (SNP). But the company is not alone in staking claim to the territory. "Trebia is competing with the likes of Platys (now part of Adaptec) as pure play chip TCP/iSCSI," noted Steve Duplessie of Enterprise Storage... Access >>>

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