Hitachi Certifies 2 Gb Ready JNI PCI, SBus HBAs

JNI Corporation announced that Hitachi Data Systems has certified JNI’s 2 Gb Ready FibreStar PCI and SBus Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) for use in the Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900.

Two families of JNI HBAs have been qualified by Hitachi Data Systems: the 2 Gb Ready FCE-6460 PCI and 2 Gb Ready FCE-1473 SBus HBAs. JNI’s 2 Gb Ready HBAs are certified to connect Sun Microsystems servers running Solaris 2.6, Solaris 7 or Solaris 8 to all Lightning 9900 family of storage systems, including the Models 9960 and 9910. The FCE-6460 and FCE-1473 are part of JNI’s new family of Emerald IV-based host bus adapters. Emerald IV is JNI’s second-generation 2 Gb ASIC controller.

The companies said the newly qualified JNI HBAs are the latest in a long line of JNI HBAs to be qualified by HDS over the last several years for all of Hitachi’s storage products. Launched in June 2000, the Lightning 9900 introduced the Hitachi’s Hi-Star “internal switch” architecture that company said achieves an internal bandwidth of 6.4 Gigabytes per second.

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