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Troika Turns a Corner

Alliances with Agere and StoreAge could help startup find its niche at last

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Troika Networks Inc. may be close to finding its niche in the storage market, judging by two announcements at the Storage Networking World tradeshow here this week. With the right timing, at least one of these could help launch the startup to a new level.

The startup's most impressive news concerns its partnership with StoreAge Networking Technologies Ltd., wherein Troika has adapted its product, a multiport appliance built to speed up the performance of storage applications, with StoreAge's software on virtual servers from VMware Inc.

Specifically, Troika worked with StoreAge to port that vendor's applications on Troika's box, the Accelera Network Storage Services Platform (NSS), and then, with StoreAge's partnership, integrated that setup with to work with VMware's ESX server. In effect, Troika created an agent that allows StoreAge's software to interact with VMware on the NSS platform, according to Steve O'Brian, Troika's VP of marketing.

The resulting package is among the first-ever products to combine server virtualization with storage applications.

"They're first. Some others say they're going to combine storage and server virtualization, but nothing's firm yet," says one industry analyst, who asked not to be named.

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