Crosswalk Launches iGrid Storage System

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A startup launched by McData founder Jack McDonnell hopes to remake
high-performance storage systems with a grid-like approach.

Westminster, Colo.-based Crosswalk on Tuesday launched its iGrid Intelligent
Storage Grid System, which the company bills as a “vendor-agnostic grid
technology that enables any application to access any authorized storage
resource, any iGrid node to access any and all file systems, and any users
to concurrently access any data they need for collaborative projects.”

“We developed iGrid to meet the high-performance storage demands of
computational grids and clusters in environments where productivity, results
and time-to-completion are all being adversely impacted by existing
inflexible storage architectures that are silo-based,” said McDonnell,
Crosswalk’s founder and CEO.

McDonnell says iGrid changes all that by being “truly adaptable, enabling
users to add storage capacity whenever it’s needed, and to make each and
every storage volume available to each and every application server and
end-user. The bottom line here is that iGrid empowers collaborative project
team members to focus on their work, not storage work-arounds.”

Mark Stratton, Crosswalk’s vice president of solutions, said the new iGrid
5100 offers easy to manage, expandable and scalable storage for HPC and
compute grid environments. Media rendering farms are another market for the

Crosswalk brings together commodity hardware to form grid nodes and create a
storage grid system for a single unified resource. The platform uses a
block-based back-end and a file-based front-end using NFS and
CIFS protocols, with plans to add block-based iSCSI
and F
ibre Channel
front-ends later. Access and collaborative workflow is a
big goal of the platform.

Crosswalk says iGrid “leverages legacy investments, breathing new life into
archaic architectures by establishing virtual links between existing storage
resources and application servers. As a result, iGrid enables seamless data
sharing across what were previously isolated applications and data

iGrid also creates a single system view of the storage environment that
simplifies management of computational grids. The technology also offers
resiliency, with no single point of failure and no need to purchase
duplicate resources.

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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