Sanrad connects 'stranded' servers to SANs

By Ann Silverthorn

—Sanrad's V-Switch 3400 hit the market this week with embedded StoragePro management software and iSCSI-to-Fibre Channel protocol conversion. Using iSCSI and the V-Switch's embedded data-management services, users can connect all of their servers to new or existing Fibre Channel SANs.

Dave DuPont, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Sanrad, says the majority of servers in data centers are still not connected to SANs. By connecting these "stranded" or "rogue" servers to a SAN, storage capacity can be shared, managed, and virtualized. Backup and recovery can be simplified with Sanrad's Global Data Replication and serverless, LAN-free backup. Full system redundancy, multi-pathing, and high availability are also available to the servers through the SAN connection.

The V-Switch 3400 eliminates the need for host bus adapters (HBAs), Fibre Channel switches, and specialized Fibre Channel training. Sanrad claims a potential 90% cost savings in connecting servers to storage when using iSCSI over Fibre Channel. In addition, by consolidating potentially hundreds of stranded servers onto a single Fibre Channel SAN, IT organizations can reduce operating, management, and infrastructure costs.

The V-Switch 3400 replaces the V-Switch 3000. Improvements in the 3400 include higher bandwidth and more ports—three line-speed iSCSI ports and four Fibre Channel storage ports. The device supports up to four petabytes and has dual hot-pluggable power supplies and redundant fans.

The V-Switch 3400 costs $26,000 and sits in the middle of Sanrad's V-Switch family. The model 2000 has two iSCSI ports and two Fibre Channel storage ports and lists for $13,000. The model 3800 costs $39,000 and has three iSCSI ports and eight Fibre Channel ports.

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This article was originally published on March 29, 2007