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Alacritech Initiates iSCSI Race

Alacritech Inc.
is counting on speed to give its iSCSI host bus adapter
a foothold -- or should we say TOEhold? -- among early small-to-medium business (SMB) IP storage adopters.

Alacritech today announced an iSCSI HBA designed to accelerate performance for Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) iSCSI software initiator, which itself accelerated a drive among vendors to adopt iSCSI solutions last year (see Microsoft Sparks iSCSI Liftoff).

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), EqualLogic Inc., FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), Intransa Inc.,
McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA), and Sanrad Inc. have certified Alacritechs HBA to work with their IP products.

Alacritech is mostly concerned with Microsoft’s blessing, though. Product marketing director Joe Gervais says Alacritech is counting on Microsoft to push iSCSI adoption this year, especially in the SMB market. “Microsoft is all over iSCSi in a way they’ve never been over Fibre Channel,” he says.

Microsoft released its iSCSI initiator software driver that supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 last June. That development helped iSCSI pick up momentum after a few slow years in which it failed to live up to early hype (see Microsoft Blesses iSCSI Hardware, iSCSI Gets Go-Ahead and Panel: iSCSI Clear for Takeoff).

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