Crossroads targets "underserved" SAN market

Crossroads Systems, Inc. recently made another product announcement in connection with their ServerAttach technologies designed to connect SCSI servers into Fibre Channel (FC) architectures, including storage area networks (SANs). The latest version targets IBM's eServer iSeries and pSeries server platforms.

According to the company, the ServerAttach family allows customers to implement server-to-SAN connectivity with a simple installation process that extends the longevity and usefulness of existing assets. No HBA hardware or driver software is required.

Benefits of this architecture include investment protection with support for proprietary SCSI commands, such as linking commands in IBM iSeries environments, and distance extension for greater flexibility in the physical location of systems.

"What they are doing is opening up the benefits of SANs to people who had previously been largely closed out of that," said Eric Sheppard, an analyst with IDC. "They are also doing it at a reasonable price," he added.

Sheppard says that market of SAN wannabes has long been underserved and forced to pay higher prices. "I'm sure users in the AS/400 space will welcome this product," he added.

In a statement, Crossroads CEO, Brian R. Smith noted that the company has historically been a leader in tape-attach storage routing. "With ServerAttach, Crossroads is moving into an adjacent market that is additive to our existing tape opportunities," he said.

Requires Free Membership to View

For more information:

Featured topic: SAN zoning 101

Featured article: Storage growth continues, creates staff shortages

From the SearchStorage webcast library: How to sidestep SAN implementation complexities

  • Alan Earls often writes about things NAS and SAN in his weekly "SAN/NAS Update: Trends" column. View the latest
  • About the author: Alan Earls is a freelance writer in Franklin, MA.

    This was first published in December 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:

    Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.