Adaptec's iSCSI HBA to Begin Shipping

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Adaptec, Inc. announced it plans on shipping samples of what it claims is the first iSCSI host bus adapter (HBA) to OEMs this quarter.

The AEA-7110C, unveiled this week at Storage Networking World, enables customers to build Storage Area Networks (SANs) using their existing IP/Ethernet networks. Adaptec has been working with leading IP Storage developers to ensure interoperability and adoption of the iSCSI standard.

"Developing products that adhere to the iSCSI standard, like the iSCSI host bus adapters by Adaptec, are important building blocks to the future of this new technology," said Paul Mattson, business line manager for IP Storage, IBM Corporation, which recently announced the industry's first product line of iSCSI storage servers. "Access to block-level data over a common IP network is a growing requirement, and a high performance iSCSI HBA which operates over existing IP networking infrastructures will enable customers to maximize their investments in existing storage networking environments."

Adaptec's AEA-7110C HBA is being shown at in an interoperability demonstration with IBM's recently announced iSCSI appliance, the TotalStorage IP Storage 200i. In addition, an Adaptec iSCSI-enabled NIC is connecting a server to the new iSCSI storage appliance.

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