IETF finalizes iSCSI standard.
The iSCSI specification has completed is labyrinthian trek through the Internet Engineering Task Force's standardization process and has been approved as a "draft" standard. For all intents and purposes, that means that the standard is set, and that vendors can tweak existing products for compliance. In most cases, that is expected to require only minor software modifications. iSCSI enables the block-level transmission of storage I/O traffic over standard TCP/IP Ethernet networks. With the standards hurdle behind it, the iSCSI community is anxiously awaiting the next major development: iSCSI software drivers from Microsoft.
Start-up iSTOR eyes iSCSI.
Irvine, CA-based iSTOR plans to take its iBlade iSCSI controller into beta in Q3. The controller is based on an iSNP8000 ASIC with a 10GbE full wire rate and interfaces for Serial ATA, Serial SCSI, and Fibre Channel back-ends. The company will partner with OEMs, storage networking software companies, and chassis manufacturers for subsystem integration. Last month, iSTOR secured $11 million in Series A funding. The company was founded by Simon and Frank Huang. Simon previously founded CMD Technology.
Cisco woos ISVs.
Cisco has opened up the APIs and SNMP MIBs for its MDS 9000 series of storage switches and directors to help software developers write applications for managing the switches. ISVs in the program include BMC, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, IBM/Tivoli, InterSAN, Tek-Tools, and Veritas.
BMC Software is rolling its storage business unit into one of its core business units while cutting back future investments in its Patrol Storage Manager (PSM) software, although the company will continue to support the product. PSM 2.2 was released last January. BMC will continue to invest in its MAINVIEW storage resource management (SRM) software and PATROL storage device knowledge modules.
Quantum acquires software start-up.
Quantum plans to augment its line of "enhanced backup" products with technology acquired from SANlight last month. Last year, Quantum introduced the DX30, a disk-based backup system, and launched the Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI) with Legato, Network Appliance, QLogic, and other vendors.
Sistina scores second-round funding.
Sistina Software secured $10 million in funding last month, which it will use in part to expand its suite of products, which includes its Global File System (GFS). GFS is a cluster file system that can be used with IBM Linux mainframes.