While storage giants such as EMC Corp. and Brocade Communications Systems
regale tech-heads with positive outlooks for their sector at the Merrill
Lynch Hardware Technology Conference in New York City this week, one smaller
competitor is putting the finishing touches on an IP storage solution suite.
Campbell, Calif.’s SAN Valley Systems has teamed with leaders in the storage
area network (SAN) field to show that its pending SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway is
interoperable. Scheduled for production release in July, the SL1000 features
8 ports and
provides four channels of high throughput Fibre Channel to Internet Protocol
(FCIP) encapsulation supporting traffic
shaping and flow control.
SAN Valley’s technology enables connectivity that supports wire speed
transmission of storage data across distances of up to 400 km. The SL1000
expands on the performance of regular SANs by interconnecting
SAN resources across metropolitan and wide area networks (MAN/WAN),
delivering IP storage solutions that are currently not available on the
market — though certainly solutions that the big guns — Cisco, Network
Appliance, EMC and Brocade — are aiming to bring to the fore.
SAN Valley will showcase its new product at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas
next week on the Compaq SANworks Data Replication Manager, LuxN WavSystem
optical access services platform, and ADIC Scalar 1000 automated tape
Specifically, SAN Valley and Compaq will demonstrate how customers can
interconnect their SANs across IP at wire-speeds for disaster recovery and
business continuance. Compaq SANworks Data Replication Manager enables
customers to replicate data online from local to remote StorageWorks systems
over switched Fibre Channel fabrics.
In a second, and very different demonstration, SAN Valley and LuxN will
demonstrate real-time content streamed from storage through a SAN at
wire-speeds across a fiber network. The SAN Valley SL1000 and the LuxN
WavSystem optical access service platform, will demonstrate how customers
can deploy content delivery across a fully managed Metropolitan Area Network
Lastly, SAN Valley and ADIC will demonstrate tape back-up and recovery
across IP infrastructures.
Sandy Helton, president and chief executive officer of SAN Valley, said that
what makes the SL1000 gateway a winner is that it provides secure
cost-effective methods of storage — without disruption of exisiting SAN
The storage arena and its two main methods network
-attached storage (NAS) and SANs have created quite a buzz in the past
few months, having gained momentum from the
torage Networking World Spring 2001 in April.
A SAN is a separate network apart from a company’s LAN (local area network)
that allows servers to talk and work with each other with what is usually
the Fibre Channel protocol. NAS, Network Appliance’s specialty, uses a
dedicated storage device, typically a server with a host of RAID (redundant
array of inexpensive disks) storage capacity, that is attached to the
network. Given those two styles, companies have two choices for their large
data storage needs — pick up NAS devices to work with the LAN or build a
SAN to back up the LAN.
While experts may be hard pressed to prove which method is better than the
other (the argument has spawned enough debate), it is not unthinkable that
the two may one day work together.
And certainly, the market potential is there. Gartner Dataquest thinks the
SAN marketplace will grow 89 percent compounded
annually between 1999 and 2003; IDC says SANs are expected to grow ten-fold
by 2002; as for NAS, Dataquest said the market for those appliances is
expected to grow from $1.4 billion in 2000 to $7.4 billion in 2004, as
demand for greater network storage increases.
Though a smaller player than the Ciscos, EMCs and Brocades of the world, SAN
Valley is no less involved in the sector. The firm SAN Valley Systems joined
the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) iSCSI Group in April. The
iSCSI Group, a new group within the SNIA IP Storage Forum, was formed to
promote iSCSI as the standard for transmitting block-level storage data over
native IP storage area networks.