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NetApp's IP SAN Wins a Fan

Trimble Navigation Ltd., a developer of Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies, has been testing out an iSCSI-based SAN for almost a month -- and it gives the technology an early nod of approval.

The company has been running three Windows 2000 servers configured with iSCSI adapters developed by Adaptec Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT) connected via a 12-port Gigabit Ethernet switch to an iSCSI-enabled Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) filer. The setup has been running for three-and-a-half weeks in Trimble's Sunnyvale, Calif., data center without a hitch, says Shawn Wilde, the company's director of IS operations.

"It's technically flawless," he says. "Once we got the system up and running, we haven't made one phone call to Adaptec or NetApp."

Trimble tested the Adaptec/NetApp configuration for two days straight, Wilde says, transferring data sets of between 200 and 300 Mbytes -- generated by the company's GPS chip simulations -- among the servers.

"We set a pretty high bar for these guys, and it was absolutely flawless performance," Wilde says. "Windows 2000 has its own limits on speed... but I never saw delays or dropped packets. Basically, the team came back and said, 'You can't tell you're not on direct-attached storage.' I found it a pretty clean implementation."

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