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Adaptec, Cisco Launch iSCSI Storage Networking Initiative

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Adaptec, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc. have developed an initiative to accelerate the deployment and adoption of IP Storage solutions. The two companies plan to test and market iSCSI solutions combining Adaptec's ASIC-based iSCSI adapters and Cisco storage routers, and collaborate on end-user educational programs.

"This broad-based Cisco and Adaptec initiative will contribute to wider iSCSI market acceptance and reinforce both Adaptec's position as a premier player in the iSCSI connectivity space and Cisco's in all-purpose IP networking," said Dan Tanner, senior analyst with Aberdeen Group. "This strategic relationship brings together two major players in IP and storage networking for the common cause of creating an 'iSCSI ecosystem' to accelerate iSCSI SAN adoption."

"Companies are seeking ways to manage increasingly complex distributed storage assets easily and cost-effectively," explained Ram Jayam, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Networking group. "This initiative will deliver interoperable and market-leading iSCSI solutions that bring value to customers while minimizing their investment in infrastructure and IT resources."

Jayam said Adaptec and Cisco have begun work on an iSCSI-based remote mirroring solution. This would enable new levels of information protection to customers who previously could not afford disaster recovery technology. A demonstration of this solution was recently showcased at Comdex.

"The rapid adoption of iSCSI will require that market leaders synchronize and facilitate deployment of the technology as well as provide clear value to customers," said Mark Cree, general manager of the Storage Router Business Unit at Cisco. "Our work with Adaptec will drive interoperability, standards and solutions which are vital to the long-term success of the iSCSI storage networking market."

Adaptec said it supplies end-to-end IP storage connectivity products. The company's storage networking products include a family of IP Storage ASICs and adapters with protocol acceleration for iSCSI, FCIP, FC-to-iSCSI, and TCP/IP connectivity; and a iSCSI HBA. Adaptec said its IP Storage technology is currently being designed into products from HP, INRANGE Technologies, ADIC and McDATA.

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