LSI Logic Scores Next-Gen Storage Deals

Networking chip maker LSI Logic Wednesday said it has
secured a contract to put its chips in some next generation Fujitsu Siemens
storage products.

The Milpitas, Calif.-based firm said the three-year $80 million-plus
contract covers its processor and MegaRAID storage adapter boards in the
Dutch-based holding company’s storage platforms including its Ultra320 SCSI
controllers, RAID on motherboard and discrete RAID adapter business.

Initially, Fujitsu Siemens says it will ship LSI Logic’s MegaRAID SCSI
320-1 and MegaRAID SCSI 320-2 RAID host storage adapters integrated into the
FSC PRIMERGY server product lines. As products ramp to full production, FSC
said it will also make use of the MegaRAID SCSI 320-4X, a quad-channel
Ultra320 PCI-X RAID card, which can be configured with PRIMERGY server and
storage subsystem products.

Fujitsu Siemens said it will also be using the single-channel LSI53C1020,
the dual-channel LSI53C1030, and the LSI53C1035 RAID on Chip controller
across multiple server platforms. The controllers use the company’s
Fusion-MPT (Message Passing Technology) architecture, which LSI says makes
it possible to add in RAID features such as Integrated Striping and
Integrated Mirroring.

The partnership is part of LSI’s components and systems storage product
drive, which is an estimated $1 billion dollar business this year alone.

“By delivering proven technology and superior RAID and silicon products,
we are able to help partners such as Fujitsu Siemens bring their customers
the most robust storage solutions possible,” said LSI executive
vice-president John D’Errico. “This market position will enable us to
develop next generation technologies such as Serial Attached SCSI.”

In addition to supplying OEMs worldwide, LSI Logic supplies products to
the channel with distribution through US partners such as Arrow Electronics,
Avnet, Bell Microproducts, Insight Electronics, Ingram-Micro, Microland and
TechData.

In a related story, LSI Wednesday said its newest OEM agreement is with
RLX Technologies. The -based company provides Web hosting companies with a
blade architecture for building and managing infrastructure.

Under the terms of the agreement, RLX will use controllers from LSI Logic
Storage Systems to provide external storage for its ActivIT ServerBlade
products.

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