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Several data-intensive applications on the market such as video streaming, image processing and backup that require high-throughput will benefit from Chelsio's iSCSI performance. Specific applications include SAN edge devices including storage arrays, storage-aware devices in the SAN cloud such as virtualization engines, and IP-based data centers based on the emerging blade server product category.
"Nimbus is pleased with the performance aspects of Chelsio's TOE and iSCSI software solution," said Thomas Z. Isakovich, President and CEO, Nimbus Data Systems. "By delivering an integrated, high-performance iSCSI target stack across a line of multi-port GbE and 10GbE adapters and controllers, Chelsio provides a range of options for developing industry-leading iSCSI SAN solutions."
Industry-leading iSCSI Target-Mode Performance
To achieve the IOPS performance, the Chelsio T204 was deployed in a link- aggregated configuration in an iSCSI target mode server powered by dual 2.4 GHz Opteron processors running Linux, the Chelsio iSCSI target stack, and a RAM disk. The target mode server was connected to 16 Windows 2003 servers running the Microsoft iSCSI initiator and the industry-standard Iometer tool was used for measuring 512-byte initiator reads and writes. Measurements on T204 showed a unidirectional bandwidth of up to 3.9 Gbps with less than 20% CPU utilization, using standard 1500-byte Ethernet frames.
Pricing and Availability
The T204-ET lists for $1,495 and will be in full production in January 2006. Chelsio will be exhibiting the T204-ET and its portfolio of protocol acceleration products this week at Supercomputing 2005 in Seattle, in booth #2130.
About Chelsio Communications
Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking, storage and clustering interconnects with its robust, high-performance and proven protocol acceleration technology. Featuring a highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping 10-Gigabit Ethernet and multi- port Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards with protocol offload, delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for high-performance computing applications. For more information, visit the company online at www.chelsio.com.