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Sanrad Scores $10 Million

IP SAN switch startup Sanrad picked up $10 million in D-round funding today, which it plans to parlay into 10-Gbit/s Ethernet sales within the next year.

Sanrad's total funding is now $28 million. The influx should help the company's survival as it plays in two segments that have been harsh on startups -- switches and iSCSI.

Sanrad claims more than 500 customers and 700 installations for its multiprotocol appliances. (See Sanrad Offers iSCSI Switch.) Sanrad switches let users connect direct-attached servers to Fibre Channel arrays and run services such as snapshot, replication, and provisioning. (See Sanrad Intros Replication Solution.)

Until recently, Sanrad was positioned as a low-cost alternative to larger multiprotocol routers from Brocade, Cisco, and McData, but HBA vendors QLogic and Emulex have recently shipped lower cost iSCSI-to-Fibre Channel appliances. (See and Emulex Unveils iSCSI, FCIP Gear.)

Sanrad's last product was aimed at moving up into the enterprise. It launched the V-Switch 38000 with eight Fibre Channel and three iSCSI ports in February. (See Sanrad Eyes Enterprise.) Sanrad also landed an OEM deal with Brocade for its four-port V-Switch 2000 in March. (See Brocade Bulks Up 4-Gig Gear.) Sanrad spokespeople say Brocade should be adding more products to that relationship.

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