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OmegaBand: A Tasty One for Cisco?

InfiniBand startup OmegaBand Inc., (not to be confused with the cheesy sci-fi flick OmegaMan, starring Charlton Heston) hopes to close a second round of funding by the fall.

Then again, it might not need to if the rumors we are hearing come through. OmegaBand is also said to be raising a few eyebrows at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

So far, the network giant hasnt officially said what its position is on InfiniBand, but it's under increasing pressure to do so, now that excitement is building over the potential market for the technology.

It's probably no coincidence that several Cisco execs have been spotted cruising this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif., where InfiniBand is much in evidence (see InfiniBand Steals the Show).

Unsurprisingly Cisco downplays InfiniBand's potential as a networking fabric. “It should be good for server clustering and PCI bus replacements, but Ethernet addresses the other 90 percent of the market,” says Mark Cree, general manager of Cisco’s storage business unit.