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IP Storage Coast-to-Coast

Nishan Systems Inc. will announce on Monday that it has completed the first U.S. coast-to-coast IP storage test.

As Byte and Switch reported last month (see Nishan Talks Some Trash), Nishan is hoping the demonstration will boost its profile among the major players in this market. It is being joined in the demonstration by industry heavyweights IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM)
, Dell Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: DELL)
, Hitachi Data Systems

, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)
, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC), and Qwest Communications International Corp. (NYSE: Q).

Dubbed the "Promontory Project" after the area where America's first transcontinental railroad was joined, the trial is said to break all previous distance records for the transfer of storage-specific data over IP.

This makes the demonstration significant, as there has been much talk in the industry over whether IP storage (particularly iSCSI) can handle these kinds of long distances (see IP Storage Test Draws Crowd).

We have proven it can,” says Gary Orenstein, director of marketing at Nishan. Multiple gigabytes of video files and back-up data were transferred at 2.5 Gbit/s over Qwest's dedicated fiber links, joining co-location centers in New Jersey and Sunnyvale, California.

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