Monday, December 24, 2007

Spliced Networks acquires stealth startup

Spliced Networks will ring in the new year with the acquisition of a networking related stealth startup. The deal was signed and secured over the weekend. With this acquisition, Spliced Networks will extend its product portfolio to complete with Cisco, Vyatta and offer virtual layer 2-7 switching for use in blade and virtualized environments.

The benefits of this acquisition will be seen quickly, as Spliced Networks plans to ship the startup's Application Switch Accelerator during Q1 2008. An application switch is an advanced load balancing switch which has SSL acceleratior and DoS attack protection capabilities built in. The Application Switch Accelerator is designed to enhance existing Application Switch deployments by off-loading some of the CPU intensive tasks that limit the scalability of aging Application Switches. The accelerator allows customers to continue to enjoy the ROI on existing application switch deployments.

The acquisition will allow Spliced Networks to position AppOS to compete against VMware's Enterprise product line in 2008.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fibre Channel over Ethernet

We have just added FCoE support to our storage line of SN-5000 series appliances. The Open FCoE project is relatively new, but their code held up well enough through our QA testing that we decided to provide this bleeding edge feature. The default SN-5400 and SN-5800 images just support iSCSI. FCoE, ATA over Ethernet and NFS will be supported as part of an optional feature-set.

FCoE basically encapsulates FC frames over ethernet. It works very similar to iSCSI in that it uses a target / initiator style system. FCoE enables the "cheap" deployment of FC over existing Ethernet rather than having to invest in more expensive and new infrastructure thats typically associated with Fibre Channel.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

SN-5484 initial deployments

The SN-5400 series are multi-terabyte iSCSI storage appliances running AppOS 4.0. The SN-5484 is a 2U storage appliance with four 64-bit processor cores, 8GB of memory and 4TB of storage space. The SN-5484 has quad 1000BaseT connections, and one management port. The SN-5484 supports SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) as well as SATA-II. The SN-5484 can be built for under US$3000.

The SN-5484 is an enterprise grade storage solution shipping with Linux The solution features a custom in-house developed storage stack by Spliced Networks. The first SN-5484 will go into production at Spliced Networks corporate head quarters in Athens, Ohio. The SN-5484 at Spliced Networks replaces the first generation storage appliances, the SN-5015.

The SN-5484 and SN-5888 storage appliances are currently being phased in at several customer sites as replacements for aging NetApp F760 and F820 series filers. The SN-5400 and SN-5800 series appliances will be listed on the Open Appliances site when it goes live later this month.

The storage solution stack will be available upon the GA release of AppOS 4.0.