Vixel’s InSpeed Technology to Ship in HP’s StorageWorks EVA

Vixel announced today that HP has implemented Vixel’s InSpeed Model 310 Embedded Storage Switch into its Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) platform based storage solutions. In addition to shipping InSpeed with new EVA (v2) platform storage solutions, HP is also offering retrofit upgrades to existing EVA platform users.

InSpeed technology is an advanced switching architecture coupling a non-blocking crossbar switch with unique loop port logic resulting in a single, highly integrated chip capable of handling multiple Fibre Channel devices in embedded environments. InSpeed technology allows storage traffic to be switched instead of shared, reducing the effect of latency and improving overall system reliability. Inspeed technology can be implemented in switch-on-a-chip (SOC), blade or box formats.

“We are delighted to be supplying Hewlett Packard with our latest embedded storage switch technology and excited about the growth opportunities this creates for Vixel,” said James McCluney, president and chief executive officer of Vixel Corporation. “The new HP organization is truly a powerhouse in the storage industry, so the inclusion of InSpeed in their enterprise storage offering is a fantastic validation of both our InSpeed technology and the value of switched back-end storage architectures.”

“InSpeed technology offers storage providers a new cost efficient way to streamline the performance of their solution infrastructures and address the reliability and manageability issues resulting from progressively increasing drive density and system scaling requirements,” said Beth White, vice president of marketing at Vixel. “End users will continue to need more storage capacity and increased access to their stored data. By embedding InSpeed technology in back-end switch configurations or between drives to provide switched drive performance and drive isolation, storage providers can give end users increased capacity and performance, and more reliable access to their data — simultaneously. Vixel believes that back-end embedded storage switching technology will play an important role in the ongoing development of storage system infrastructures.”

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