TrueSANs VP of engineering, Paul von Stamwitz, has 20 years experience
in IP networking from Adaptec
Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT) among others and is seen as a pioneer of IP storage. (He's said to wear a coonskin hat.)
The equally Teutonic-sounding COO, Mark Birnkrant, has 16 years behind him in the storage industry, a
large chunk of it spent as head of NEC Corp.s (Nasdaq: NIPNY)
storage unit (see SAN Startup Fills Positions).
TrueSAN's product, Paladin, is based on a SAN switch fabric built right
into a server that supports distributed parallel processing. This approach,
the company claims, delivers an order-of-magnitude better capacity and
performance than competing solutions from
EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP).
allows TrueSAN to support network-attached storage applications, as well as
SANs. And it's scaleable: Customers pay for processors in add-on
increments as many as 128 can be supported in one platform. The switch fabric
isnt the companys own; its using QLogic Corp.s (Nasdaq: QLGC)
SANbox 8- and 16-port Fibre Channel switches. (see Startups Ready Big SAN Switches ).
Paladin will go head-to-head with a similar product from Cereva Networks Inc., but is
further ahead, in that it's shipping now (see Cereva Details Storage Switch).
TrueSAN clearly has the first-mover advantage in carrier scale
storage, says William Hurley at The Yankee Group.