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Wind River Gets a Hug from Intel

Wind River got a boost Thursday when Intel chose its Tornado for Intelligent Network Acceleration (TINA) software into the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter.

The announcement marks a warm embrace from the giant chipmaker for one of the Alameda, Calif. embedded systems specialist's key products: iSCSI protocol-based TINA is used to provide network equipment manufacturers with hardware and software components needed to develop IP-based storage networking devices.

iSCSI facilitates data transfers over intranets and to manage storage over long distances. The iSCSI protocol is among the key technologies expected to help bring about rapid development of the storage area network (SAN) market, by increasing the capabilities and performance of storage data transmission.

Simply, Wind River and Intel believe the deal will save customers money. The fact that TINA is bundled with the iSCSI protocol enables TCP/IP and Ethernet to be used for storage networking, making it possible for users to steer clear of more costly storage infrastructure and support staff.

Also, because TINA can be transmitted over TCP/IP networks, it is possible to remove the distance restrictions associated with traditional storage area networks. IT workers can better back up data in different locations with this capability.

Just how important are iSCSI host bus adapters for the market? Research firm Gartner expects the sector to grow from a 2003 market value of $130 million to $605 million in 2005. Moreover, Gartner predicts the iSCSI-based storage networking market will increase from a 2003 market value of $252 million to $1 billion in 2005.

Tim Dunn, general manager for the Intel LAN Access Division, said: "The flexibility of the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter allows companies to build cost-effective iSCSI storage-area networks over existing Ethernet infrastructure."

Wind River is also making software for 802.11 wireless networks. The outfit Monday unveiled WindNet 802.1X network access control products for the Tornado for Home Gateways broadband access platform. 802.1x has been praised by industry watchers because it enhances security for access points and wireless LAN installations.

"With Wind River providing an 802.1X solution to networking equipment OEMs, these standards can be quickly deployed to improve the state of wireless LAN security and interoperability," said Karen O'Donoghue, team leader of the InteropNet Labs Wireless LAN Security Initiative at N+I.