Tiger Technology demonstrates a high-performance, cross-platform, InfiniBand-based SAN/NAS cluster at NAB

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Scalable high-performance shared storage holds the promises of simplified IT management.

Last Updated: April 4, 2007 4:20 pm GMT
(Montreal - April 4th, 2007) Tiger Technology Sarl, developer of high performance, affordable storage area networking (SAN) and workgroup management software solutions, today announced it will partner with Qlogic and DataDirect Networks to demonstrate an InfiniBand-based SAN/NAS clustered solution at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, booth SU14705, on April 16th-19th.

This cluster provides the scalability and reliability required to consolidate rich media data centers around InfiniBand, either natively or as a complement to Fibre Channel infrastructures.

With transfer rates of 20Gb/s, InfiniBand delivers five times the bandwidth of Fibre Channel and over sixteen times that of Gigabit Ethernet, with up to 90% reduction in internal latency. InfiniBand can also transport both SCSI and TCP/ IP protocols. Block-level (SAN) and file server based (NAS) topologies can therefore coexist on the same infrastructure. This unification results in cleaner installations and ultimately delivers higher performance with lower overall total cost of ownership.

"Tiger Technology is uniquely positioned to leverage this remarkable aspect of InfiniBand," says Alexander Lefterov, CTO of Tiger Technology. "MetaSAN/MetaLAN can leverage these two protocols to create a cluster of NAS-like servers that virtualizes the SAN storage. The total bandwidth of these individual servers is transparently aggregated to eliminate hotspots and I/O bottlenecks often experienced with traditional NAS heads. InfiniBand might very well be the interconnect technology that the video industry has been waiting for."

"We are pleased to provide our Silicon Storage Appliance (S2A) storage platform in support of Tiger Technology's InfiniBand-based SAN/NAS clustered solution," notes Paul Bloch, President of DataDirect Networks. "The integration of Tiger Technology's MetaSAN/MetaLAN software with our S2A storage platform conquers the performance, availability, scalability and management challenges in deploying cluster NAS architectures with parallel or shared file systems and storage. The tightly coupled solution can easily scale to handle the bandwidth and capacity intensive requirements needed in the evolving HD post production and mastering, visual effects, compositing, 3D animation, and digital intermediate space, empowering true real-time collaborative workflows."

Tiger Technology provides the software buildings blocks that enable post and broadcast facilities to enjoy block-level access over IP, cross-platform support, automatic load balancing, transparent failover, and per-client bandwidth usage control.

"By leveraging both fibre channel and InfiniBand technology within the same environment, we are able to address the bandwidth and latency requirements that video applications demand," explains Ryan J. Klein, Manager, Global Solutions Architecture, QLogic Corporation. "QLogic offers both Fibre Channel and InfinBand technologies across numerous platforms allowing system administrators to select the operating environment of choice, at the same time standardizing on a common interoperable infrastructure."

About Tiger Technology
Tiger Technology, Sarl, is a privately held company based in Geneva, Switzerland, developer of high performance storage area networking (SAN) management tools. The company's flagship product MetaSAN builds upon years of SAN-related expertise and development to bring digital content creation and enterprise professionals involved with handling large bandwidth files a unique, cross-platform, hardware-agnostic, high-speed file sharing SAN management solution that sets new standards for workgroup collaboration and reliability. For further information on Tiger Technology please visit http://www.tiger-technology.com or call (514) 428-4137.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks is the world's leading provider of high performance, high capacity network storage solutions. Focused on driving customer-centric innovation, DataDirect Networks has created the Silicon Storage Appliance as the essential building block for High Performance Computing, Internet-based Services and Rich Media storage solutions. DataDirect Networks' award winning Silicon Storage Appliance enables the creation of differentiated high performance, high capacity NAS and SAN storage, parallel and shared file system storage, primary and nearline storage, and virtual tape library storage solutions. Each solution offers unsurpassed performance, high availability, cost effective scalability and simplified management delivering the industry's best price per performance and best per capacity per square foot solutions.

Launched in 1998 and headquartered in California, DataDirect Networks has an established global presence with research and development, and operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, contact DataDirect Networks at (818) 700-7600 or visit http://www.datadirectnet.com

About QLogic
QLogic is a leading supplier of high-performance storage networking solutions for end to end connectivity within the datacenter. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel HBAs, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI HBAs, iSCSI routers and storage services platforms for enabling advanced storage management applications. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) market. For more information, contact QLogic at (800)-662-4471 or visit http://www.qlogic.com

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