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Top Ten Private Storage Networking Companies: Page 18 of 23

New: 6/13/01

“Forget TCP/IP,” for connecting pools of storage servers together, Troika Networks CEO Alan
Skidmore told Byte and Switch, “It’ll never work.”

Well, there’s a statement. So what does Troika propose instead?

Troika makes “intelligent” HBAs (host bus adapters) that use a new
protocol called Virtual Interface (VI) to connect servers together on an
Ethernet network. Troika will compete with Emulex Corp. (Nasdaq: EMLX), QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC),
and JNI Corp. (Nasdaq: JNIC) –

all of which also are planning VI implementations.

Troika’s first product is designed for installation in TCP/IP server
“clusters,” where servers are strung together and managed as a single system
on an Ethernet network.