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Cisco Spills Beans on Next SAN Router

NEW YORK -- StorageNext 2001 -- Mark Cree, general manager of storage at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), used his keynote session at the StorageNext2001 conference in New York Wednesday to unveil his companys new storage router.

The second iteration of the SN 5420, which is an iSCSI (SCSI over IP) router will be available midsummer 2002 and will have more ports than the current version (see Cisco Pushes Into Storage). Sources say it’s likely to be an eight-port device.

The current box has only one Fibre Channel and one gigabit Ethernet port and hasn’t exactly blown the socks off the market (see Cisco's SAN Blast). Cisco acquired the basic technology for the 5420 via its acquisition of NuSpeed in 2000 (see Cisco to Acquire NuSpeed Internet).

Cree said Cisco has 90 percent of the iSCSI market but that it is still very much in the “early adopter” phase, which means less than 1 percent of the overall SAN market has actually deployed the technology.

The current version of the 5420 storage router is in trials with Komatsu America International Co., a manufacturer of heavy machinery and electronics; the University of Houston-Downtown; and Data Peer Inc., a managed data and storage service provider based in New York. There are about a thousand of the boxes out in the market today, Cisco says.

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