Chadha: We have not seen any. In fact, I believe most enterprises do not really know, as the majority of them are only now gaining an understanding of the advantages of storage networking over server-attached storage. Companies that have purchased Fibre Channel fabric switches have not done so for their transport capabilities.
Byte and Switch: How long have Entradas existing products been shipping, and how they are being received in the marketplace so far?
Chadha: Today we are in the test and beta trial phase and have signed evaluation agreements with many of the key players in storage, networking, systems integration, and others. Based on our current progress, we expect to have general availability by the end of the year on our Silverline 222 SAN-ove-IP switch and to be in beta trials at that time with our Silverline WDM optical storage extender.
Byte and Switch: How much has the general economic downturn affected Entradas efforts?
Chadha: Our SAN transport development efforts have not been hindered too much. We have seen an enthusiastic response from evaluation customers. Although we do have a mature adapter card business that has certainly been affected, our efforts have been focused on SAN transport, so the metrics for making that work are not affected much by our mature business. Our investment, hiring, and R&D have been directed toward developing SAN transport products for many months now, and we have restructured the organization quite substantially in the past year to fulfill this mission.