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Vixel Opens Doors of New Lab

Vixel Corporation today opened the doors to its new solutions and interoperability lab at its Bothell, Washington headquarters.

The new $2 million lab was constructed to streamline the process of certifying Vixel's multivendor Storage Area Networking solutions, and to leverage the Fibre Channel switch interoperability standards that are nearing ratification.

According to the company's white papers, the new ANSI interoperability standards will aid in overcoming the competitive environment that can impede the multi-vender cooperation needed for a viable new technology.

"The new Fibre Channel switch interoperability standards offer us a tremendous opportunity to sell our products into SANs currently employing competing switches, and end users will soon be able to take advantage of the high value proposition associated with Vixel's switches," says Jim McCluney, Vixel's President and CEO.

The new lab will extend Vixel's existing engineering test facilities to create a wider variety of field application scenarios to accelerate the interoperability of its high performance Fibre Channel switches with

"Our new lab will serve as a center where Vixel interoperability systems engineers can work collaboratively with our vendor partners and their latest products to ensure that the storage solutions we offer to our resellers and OEM's work seamlessly," says Edmund J. Reilly, Vice President of Customer Support and Professional Services for Vixel.

"Ultimately, this means faster, more reliable implementations and faster time to market for the high performance SAN solutions we offer."