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Chelsio Opens Up iSCSI Software

In a move that demonstrates the growing momentum in iSCSI SANs, Chelsio has released a version of its Linux-based iSCSI target software that operates with third-party adapters. (See Chelsio Intros Linux iSCSI Target.)

To review: iSCSI target software enables a disk, array, tape library, or switch to respond to iSCSI requests from an initiator on a server. The software usually includes an interface for carving disk space into volumes, partitions, or LUNs on an iSCSI SAN.

Up to now, Chelsio, best-known for its 10-Gbit/s adapter cards, has tied its iSCSI target software strictly to its own hardware. But Chelsio is willing to test its luck in the standalone iSCSI OEM software market for at least the next few months.

That market already has a established suppliers, including Wasabi Systems, FalconStor, Datacore, and LeftHand Networks, to name just a few -- and not to mention a variety of open-source Linux iSCSI targets. Chelsio's entry has at least one industry observer scratching his head.

"Why [Chelsio CEO] Kianoosh Naghshineh would want to walk into the rotating knives of the iSCSI target market, I can't imagine," quips Mickey McIntire, former CEO of String Bean Software, which was sold to Microsoft in March 2006. (See Microsoft Munches String Bean.)

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