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Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011

The need for speed

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • New trends in storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.

Columns in this issue

  • The need for speed

    by  Alan R. Earls

    An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.

  • No excuse for lax laptop backup

    by  Rich Castagna

    Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But those excuses just don’t cut it anymore.

  • Hybrid clouds on the horizon

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.