MaXXan this month became the first vendor to actually GA an intelligent director class product. While the architecture is sound and the product has most of the required features for such a product, and the use of standard OTS network processors, rather than custom designed ASICs gives them the ability to upgrade and ship faster than others, MaXXan finds itself in a very interesting position.
EMC announced today their intention of buying Legato Corporation. The deal is valued at $1.3B, based upon yesterday’s closing price of $11.76 per share for EMC shares. It is expected to close before year-end 2003. We think this is a good deal for both sides.
InfiniBand is becoming the unquestioned interconnect for high performance computing and clustered databases. It will be used extensively in the datacenters of tomorrow. To complete the picture, InfiniBand needs connectivity to shared storage. While several protocols are viable for carrying block storage traffic over the InfiniBand fabric, Voltaire’s choice of iSCSI RDMA has very interesting implications.
The word “virtualization” came into vogue a few years ago with the usual fanfare, hype and the expectation that it would solve all the horrendous storage management problems the industry was facing. Virtualization was to be the cure for all ills.