Adaptec boosts iSCSI

The iSCSI protocol finally has an ASIC-based adapter -- yet another piece of the iSCSI puzzle.

On Monday at the Storage Networking World conference Adaptec introduced two iSCSIHBAs, offering more than 100Mbps throughput and support for Linux and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT, 2000, and the forthcoming 2003 operating systems. The two HBAs, ASA-7211F and ASA-7211C, are available immediately.

Also at the show, Microsoft announced its customer Intransa has two beta customers using Microsoft's software-based iSCSI adapter. Unlike Adaptec's hardware based initiator, Microsoft's software-based adapter simply runs in conjunction with a generic network interface card. The availability of a hardware and software based initiator is a big step toward the eventual adoption of iSCSI, explains Glenn Clowney, director of OEM product marketing at Adaptec's storage networking group.

Clowney points out that the iSCSI protocol now has operating systems support, targets, initiators, and standards -- elements necessary to induce market acceptance.

Intel and Emulex Corp. are expected to outline its plans for a co-created iSCSI adapter later this week at the show.

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