LAS VEGAS, May 7, 2001 - At the Networld + Interop show here today, Intel Corporation demonstrated a network storage adapter, based on a next-generation storage protocol, designed to help make networked storage easier and less expensive. The explosive use of the Internet is creating an unprecedented demand to store information, which is driving the need to transfer data between computer systems and storage devices.
Intel's new host bus adapter (HBA) complies with the Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) specification. The iSCSI specification outlines a protocol to carry storage traffic over existing Ethernet networks. By implementing storage devices using the iSCSI specification, organizations can add storage to any location on an Ethernet network, thus taking advantage of the familiarity and lower costs associated with Ethernet networks. Also, as an extension of an Ethernet network, network administrators can use the same utilities to manage the entire network, including storage farms.
"Intel has been involved with creating and evolving Ethernet as a LAN standard for over 20 years and we are using this experience to bring a standard-based Ethernet infrastructure into the storage marketplace," said Greg Lang, general manager of Intel's Platform Networking Group. "Our cooperation with leading vendors such as Cisco and IBM makes Ethernet for networked storage a reality. Furthermore, our demonstration here at Networld + Interop shows an interoperable storage area network built with devices from multiple vendors, as opposed to proprietary solutions that lock customers into a single vendor for all of their storage area network equipment."
The Intel® PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter connects storage devices located anywhere on an Ethernet network and operates at speeds up to one billion bits, or one Gigabit, per second. The adapter includes an additional controller, which off-loads storage requests from the host system processor to help improve overall system performance.
"Cisco and Intel are committed to ensuring interoperability of our products as the iSCSI draft matures to a ratified standard," said Mark Cree, general manager of the Storage Router Business Unit at Cisco Systems. "Today's demo, which showcases an end-to-end solution from three key technology leaders, Intel, Cisco and IBM is a direct result of that industry-wide cooperation."
"Intel's new iSCSI adapter promotes interoperability among its users, which further supports IBM's assertion that open standards are the future of storage networking solutions, " said Paul Mattson, business line manager, IBM IP SAN storage products. "The industry has embraced the new iSCSI specification, and Intel's adapter will help pave the way for improved
The new adapter is sampling to storage device manufacturers, including Cisco and IBM, and will be available later this year.
Intel is a building block provider to the storage industry, delivering I/O processors, controllers for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) devices and bridges to server and storage device manufacturers. In addition, companies including Cisco, IBM and Network Appliance use high-speed Gigabit Ethernet adapters from Intel in storage devices.