Crosswalk upgrades grid storage

By Kevin Komiega

—Crosswalk is set to debut a new model of its Intelligent Storage Grid System, as well as an upgraded operating system and enhancements to existing hardware, all in an effort to boost storage throughput and functionality for users with big workloads.

Crosswalk announced the availability of the iGrid7100 Series system this week with the launch of the iGrid Model 7110 node. The 7110 doubles the cache of the iGrid 5110 to 32GB and includes up to 12 Gigabit Ethernet front-end ports for a 50% increase in connectivity to networks, servers, and compute nodes, according to Gary Francis, senior vice president of marketing at Crosswalk.

In addition, the 7110 runs dual-core 64-bit processors instead of the single-core processors in the iGrid 5110.

Crosswalk also beefed up the reporting and policy-based management features of its operating platform. Version 2.0 of the iGridOS is backward-compatible with existing iGrid 5110 nodes and comes included with the new 7100 systems. iGridOS 2.0 offers new statistical reporting features and policy-based management.

The company also added hardware enhancements. The 7000 series incorporates Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options for more flexibility.

Crosswalk is also shipping 5110 and 7110 nodes with InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs) to boost throughput. The company's support for IP over InfiniBand provides the same load balancing and fail-over capabilities available with iGrid and Gigabit Ethernet. Crosswalk also supports 4Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), switches, and disk arrays.

"Users wanted the ability to fail-over from InfiniBand to Gigabit Ethernet in the event of an InfiniBand network failure. Now they can take advantage of that feature," says Francis.

Pricing for the iGrid 5110 starts at $95,000 per node, while the 7110 is priced from $125,000. Existing 5110 customers can download the enhanced operating system at no charge.

This article was originally published on November 17, 2006