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LSI and TrueSAN combine hardware, software

LSI Logic Systems has joined forces with TrueSAN Networks to integrate TrueSANs storage software with LSI's MetaStor storage systems.

TrueSAN Networks Inc., San Jose, Calif., has hitched its wagon to LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc., to bring more management to LSI's MetaStor storage system.

One analyst believes the pairing of LSI and TrueSAN shows industry recognition of a simple fact: users want more than just a fast box.

The two companies have entered a strategic alliance to give Milpitas, Calif.-based LSI's speedy MetaStor storage system a higher level of management intelligence in the form of TrueSAN's Cloudbreak storage operating system.

The companies will collaborate on bringing the storage management capabilities of Cloudbreak to storage network infrastructures based on LSI Logic storage solutions. As an LSI Logic Storage Systems alliance partner, TrueSAN is licensing the LSI's application programming interface (API) and software developer's kit (SDK) for the MetaStor E-Series storage systems.

"Users need and want a full solution, and that means management," said Steve Kenniston, technology analyst for the Enterprise Storage Group Inc., Milford, Mass.

LSI Logic is riding high after its system beat out products from the likes of Sun Microsystems Inc., and IBM Corp., in the first benchmark tests conducted by the Storage Performance Council, an industry organization dedicated to testing performance of storage subsystems.

Based on IOPs (I/Os per second), LSI scored 15,708.85, to IBM's 8,009.44; and Sun's 8,404.22.

"TrueSAN's support for LSI Logic Storage Systems addresses end-user concerns regarding the complexity of storage management in large-scale, heterogeneous environments," stated Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing for LSI. He added that the alliance with TrueSAN will give users the ability to efficiently manage their storage environments while being able to scale the MetaStor systems upward.

On the software side, Cloudbreak is a network-based platform for managing heterogeneous storage environments. It includes storage virtualization, storage network and device management, storage resource management, business continuance applications and policy management in one platform.

Cloudbreak's storage network and device management technology will leverage LSI's API and SDK to provide support for the MetaStor E-Series family of storage subsystems within the Cloudbreak environment.

TrueSAN is dipping its toes in a growing number of storage pools lately. The company has recently swapped API's with companies including McData Corp., QLogic Corp., Brocade Communications Systems Inc., and Hitachi Data Systems Corp.

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


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