Microsoft Scales Data Center Wall with MPIO


This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download "Storage magazine: Optimizing your enterprise database storage."

Download it now to read this article plus other related content.

Microsoft is exhausting data center managers' objections to running Windows in the data center. With its recently announced Multipath I/O (MPIO), applications running on Windows 2000 Server and .NET Server will access an I/O fabric across multiple channels.

Multipathing solves two problems: It provides for failover and load balancing between the multiple SCSI or Fibre Channel adapters.

"Many people will not run, say, an Oracle database without multipathing software," says Rahul Mehta, CEO at storage software vendor NuView.

Unix and mainframe operating systems are no strangers to multipathing. Veritas also delivers multipathing capabilities in Volume Manager, as does EMC with PowerPath.

Veritas and EMC are just two of the 23 vendors that have pledged to support MPIO. Why? "They're doing it so they can offer seamless support to the Windows environment, and not have to rely on third-party software," says Rick Walsworth, director of product marketing at Maranti Networks, which is building an MPIO-compliant multiprotocol switch.

Requires Free Membership to View

This was first published in November 2002

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: