News

Gadzoox Releases SAN Appliance

The complexity of SANs may turn away some administrators, but today, Gadzoox Networks Inc. is introducing a product to simplify SAN installation and management, a SAN appliance.

The Axxess SAN Appliance combines a Gadzoox Fibre Channel switch with an NT server into a single unit. SANSymphony, storage virtualization management software from DataCore Software Corp, runs on the server to perform SAN management duties.

Adminstrators use the Axxess appliance as a bridge between servers and storage devices, connecting them together with Fibre Channel. Users can perform a variety of SAN management tasks directly through the server. “It gives you volume allocations on the server – you don’t need any proprietary software,” says Rajan Vardarjan, channel development manager at Gadzoox.

Vardarjan says that Gadzoox is targeting the mid-to-upper market with the Axxess appliance, hoping to aid administrators with new SAN implementations. The Axxess comes in two flavors: the 2000 model, with an 11 port switch, and the 3000, with a 32 port switch.

Later this year, Compaq Computer Corp. plans to release storage virtualization appliances using its proprietary VersaStor technology. While the Compaq product may perform a similar duty to Axxess, Vardarjan says that Axxess will be attractive to a broader range of users, since it uses standard hardware. “You don’t need any special [Host Bus Adapters] on the server,” he says. - Christopher McConnell

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.