JNI(R) Corporation , a provider of enterprise storage connectivity products, this week announced its InfiniBand(SM) strategic initiative, including outlining the companies vision for InfiniBand over the next year; a joint strategic partnership with Mellanox Technologies; and new family of InfiniStar(TM) HCA Modules targeted for clustered server environments and extended I/O support.
JNI’s announcement covers three areas:
— JNI Enters InfiniBand Market — JNI outlined its two-pronged strategy for the InfiniBand market — initially providing products to enable clustering servers in a scalable network, or Server Area Network and secondly ‘bridging’ those clustered servers to Fibre Channel-attached storage;
— JNI-Mellanox Strategic Partnership — JNI announced its strategic partnership with Mellanox Technologies that will result in JNI shipping the first commercially available 10 Gb InfiniBand host channel adapter (HCA) modules;
— JNI InfiniStar(TM) HCA Modules — JNI announced its first InfiniBand products, a pair of dual-port PCI-to-InfiniBand HCA Modules that allow existing to be clustered servers with InfiniBand connectivity operating at 2.5 Gb or 10 Gb per port.
Among the server and storage OEMs that have announced public support for InfiniBand are Brocade Communications, Compaq, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems.