Imperial Technology Wants to Speed Up Your SAN

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Imperial Technology has announced the availability of the SANaccelerator, which the company said is a data acceleration device specifically designed to improve application performance in Storage Area Networks (SANs).

Robert David, CEO and president of Imperial Technology, said "The SAN bottleneck is not the network, it is the inherent limitations of rotating disk drives. The SANaccelerator responds to this problem by creating a performance pool that is allocated to changing application requirements in the SAN which affect performance."

Imperial Technology said SANaccelerator connects directly to Fibre Channel SANs and is designed to deliver shared capacity to multiple applications and multiple servers in the same way as consolidated disk storage. The company said SANaccelerator leverages the traditional benefits of Solid State Disk technology from typical single-server, single-application environments to potentially every server and every application in the SAN.

According to the company, the multi-port capability of the SANaccelerator lends itself to the highly available nature of enterprise SANs by connecting to two independent 1 or 2 Gbps fabric switches or directors for up to 400MB/s bandwidth and path redundancy. Built-in utilities allow the system administrator to partition the SANaccelerator into volumes assigned to different ports, different servers, and ultimately, different application needs. A 3.5" tall SANaccelerator scales from a modest 6GB capacity to 36GB in manageable and cost effective increments.

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