XIOtech Bolsters RS6000 Clusters

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA (07/31/2000) - XIOtech Corp. last week rolled out a utility for AIX networks that lets clusters of IBM Corp. RS6000 servers share a XIOtech Magnitude storage array.

Dubbed the XIOtech AIX Clustering Utility, the software allows Magnitude storage to be recognized by Fibre Channel-based RS6000 servers. In AIX, non-IBM storage systems are recognized as generic storage devices and are not able to achieve their functionality or performance potential.

Fibre Channel is an alternative to serial storage architecture (SSA) storage arrays, which are common in the AIX market. In SSA subsystems, data is sent from device to device along a loop until its destination is reached. Multiple data commands can travel around the loop at the same time.

The Magnitude array consists of a high-performance RAID controller, an eight-port Fibre Channel switch and logical volume management software. It runs on NetWare, Windows NT, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, IRIX, UnixWare, Linux and Macintosh operating systems.

XIOtech is a subsidiary of Seagate Technology Inc. The utility is free and available now.

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