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iVivity Unveils 10-Gig HBA

On the eve of Storage Networking World, storage vendors have begun their familiar jostling for position, this time in the burgeoning 10-Gbit/s market.

Startup iVivity today stepped up to the plate with a new 10-Gbit/s HBA, touting its ability to run third-party applications in an attempt to lure OEM partners. (See IVivity Rolls 10-GigE HBA.)

A number of vendors, including Neterion and Chelsio, are already offering 10-Gbit/s HBAs, but Arun Taneja, president of analyst firm the Taneja Group, says that the ability to run multiple applications on the iDiSX 2000 adapter is something completely new. (See Chelsio Ships Copper 10-Gig NIC, 10-Gig IP SANs Hit Bleeding Edge, and Neterion Channels 10GigE .) "The current crop of HBAs are really designed with a single purpose, in the main: to provide a Fibre Channel or iSCSI interface to the outside world," he explains. "You can't run third-party applications."

Taneja says users could tap the new iDiSX 2000 HBA to run key storage applications such as replication, snapshots, mirroring, and even virtualization, freeing up valuable space on storage servers elsewhere.

Zulfiqar Qazilbash, iVivity's chief strategy officer, tells Byte and Switch that the HBA's key technology is the startup's own iDiSX chip, which contains an embedded Linux kernel. "It's a storage network processor and it can be used for a variety of applications," he says.

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