Intel Releases iSCSI Adapter

Intel Corporation has unveiled a new Gigabit Ethernet adapter for iSCSI storage applications, the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter.

According to Intel, the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter includes the Intel IOP310 I/O processor chipset, based on the company’s XScale microarchitecture, that off-loads storage requests from the host system processor to help improve overall system performance. The adapter also includes Intel 82544EI Gigabit Ethernet technology. In addition, Intel said it has worked closely with Cisco Systems, IBM Corporation and other iSCSI infrastructure providers to help ensure that the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter will interoperate with iSCSI switches and storage devices.

“The combination of the Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter with the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router provides customers with an effective way to decrease storage management costs and increase storage capacity utilization,” said Doug Ingraham, senior manager of product management at Cisco’s Storage Router Business Unit and co-chair of the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA’s) IP Storage Forum. “To promote the interoperability and rapid deployment of iSCSI, Cisco and Intel will continue to work together to deliver innovative solutions and applications for the storage networking industry.”

The Intel PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter has been released to manufacturing and is planned to be widely available in March.

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