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Nishan and ATL tackle remote vaulting over IP

Kevin Komiega

Nishan Systems, the first company to hit the street with Internet Protocol (IP) storage switches, is ready to roll out another IP first.

Nishan and Quantum Corp. subsidiary Quantum|ATL have developed a remote vaulting application using the Nishan IPS series of IP storage switches with Quantum|ATL P-Series Fibre Channel libraries.

The new remote vaulting solution lets users get the most value out of their tape libraries by enabling backup from different geographic locations. Instead of buying two tape libraries for two separate SANs connected over IP, they can have one library that both SANs can use.

Remote vaulting applications within a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) allow backup media to be transported offsite between facilities to a separate location for disaster recovery storage. Nishan's IP Storage switches let Fibre Channel libraries from Irvine, Calif.-based Quantum|ATL transparently connect to Gigabit Ethernet and IP networks.

San Jose, Calif.-based Nishan said its Storage-over-IP (SoIP) framework delivers significant advantages for remote vaulting applications because, compared to Fibre Channel networking, it reduces the administrative and network costs while improving speed and performance by using standard IP and Gigabit Ethernet technology.

But there are other ways to skin that cat according to Aberdeen Group analyst Dan Tanner. He said while the idea of remote vaulting is not exactly a new concept, using IP to transfer

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information into a tape unit connected to a SAN lets users make the most of expensive tape libraries.

The companies have been working on the integrated solution for several months and said this is the first of many integrated solutions that will result from their alliance.

Tanner said he expects other vendors will roll out similar remote vaulting solutions for IP in the near future. Nishan was just first out of the gate.

Nishan is positioning its products in a major way. Last week the company expanded its roster of integrators and value added resellers (VARs) on both the regional and national level.

Nishan has signed StorNet Inc., one of the largest independent storage solutions providers in the U.S., as a Charter Alliance Partner for the deployment of Nishan's IP Storage products. StorNet joins Nishan's other heavyweight partner, IBM Global Services, as a strategic integrator of Nishan's products including the SANvergence Management Suite and the SoIP family of IP storage switches.

On the regional level, Nishan has added AllianceSoft, Auburn Hills, Mich.; MegaByte, Tampa, Fla; NaviStor, Concord, Mass.; SanServe, Roseville, Minn.; and Unique Digital, Houston, Texas to implement storage networking solutions.

"The addition of these key industry partners to Nishan's roster of [value added resellers] brings us the market expertise to provide SAN solutions to an ever wider range of customers," said Bill Lozoff, director of channel alliances for Nishan Systems.

Aberdeen's Tanner said Nishan's position in the IP storage market is unique because it supports all three flavors of the technology. The storage switches from Nishan support iSCSI, FCIP, and iFCP, a standard proposed by Nishan.

"When we first laid out our strategy for integrating Fibre Channel with IP networks we weren't out to make a technology splash," said Tom Clark, Nishan's director of technical marketing. "We wanted to enable things not achievable with Fibre Channel SANs."

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, assistant news editor

For more information:

Storage Networking Discussion Forum

IP Storage - Standards linking IP and FC together

Nishan Systems extends IP storage reach

IP-Based Storage: The Buzz on the Wire


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