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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

MaXXan's Flick Of The switch

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MaXXan?s Flick Of The switch

2nd-generation storage system unveiled

By Hank Russell

MaXXan Systems, Inc (San Jose, CA) unveiled MXV500, a second-generation platform that scales from 16 to 256 ports in a single chassis and up to 512 ports in a dual chassis configuration, and harnesses the power of Intel’s latest IXP2800 network processors with the power to perform tasks that traditionally require expensive, inflexible and high-speed ASICs. For complex storage networking environments, the MXV500 enables the administration of more enterprise storage and applications with greater speed and control.

“Now we have significantly enhanced the density and the capacity of the same platform of the product and have come up with the second generation,” said Ravi Chalaka, MaXXan’s vice president of marketing. “I think, in a nutshell, it puts us somewhere between 12 and 18 months ahead of anyone else building what we call intelligent SAN switches.”

MaXXan’s MXV500 delivers low-cost administration of enterprise data storage by eliminating the need to deploy storage applications (intelligence) into host servers, independent appliances or array controllers. MaXXan’s SANe architecture design reduces operating expenses and overall management costs by centralizing the deployment and management of key storage applications such as virtualization, data replication, snapshot, mirroring, NAS and virtual tape to a heterogeneous IT environment. MaXXan delivers these tools as a total solution providing support for both hardware and software deployed in the solution. The MXV500 scales up to 256 ports and to 512 ports in a dual chassis environment, without the need for Inter-Switch Links (ISL) that reduce SAN performance, allowing the full 512 ports to be configured and managed as a single intelligent fabric.

“The purpose of our being creative was to build intelligent SANs and the belief was, in time the SANs will reduce the cost of ownership as data is growing,” Chalaka explained, “and it’s getting more and more complicated. Their enterprises need new services like disaster recovery, business continuity, virtualization, storage consolidation — all of these kinds of solutions are adding pieces, parts at a time. They’re adding a box for this, a box for that, a solution for this, a solution for that, but they all don’t come together very well.”

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