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Scalent Establishes Virtual Operating Environment Interoperability With QLogic Routers

Scalent Systems, the leading provider of server infrastructure repurposing software for large enterprise data centers, today announced that the company has established interoperability between the Scalent Virtual Operating Environment (V/OE) software and the QLogic SANblade(R) Fibre Channel HBAs and SANbox(R) 6000 Series routers. To achieve this, Scalent has developed two revolutionary software enhancements with Qlogic to improve data center flexibility. The first, an extension to the HBA driver, lets data centers repurpose servers without changing SAN configuration. The second, an iSCSI initiator, enables data centers to dynamically link servers and storage over existing Ethernet connections using QLogic SANbox(R) 6140 iSCSI-Fibre Channel routers and any SANblade Fibre Channel HBA. The result is that mutual customers can rapidly repurpose resources, lower cost of server-to-storage connectivity and gain long distance support for disaster recovery and replication. Scalent users have seen reductions in total cost of ownership (TCO) averaging fifty-six percent.

Enterprise data center managers are increasingly looking to achieve greater management control, higher utilization and improved availability of server resources. Traditionally, server repurposing -- changing which servers are running, what software is running on them, and how they're connected to network and storage -- has been a time- and cost-prohibitive activity. But with Scalent V/OE, server infrastructure repurposing can be achieved in minutes, without physical cable moves or resource reconfiguration. Scalent V/OE enables any managed server software stack to boot from, and access specific SAN LUN segments from any physical or virtual machine -- on the fly, without requiring changes to underlying physical assets. Scalent V/OE thus enables any server to take on the personality of any other machine at any time. This ability to dynamically reuse and redeploy current IT assets lowers management costs, reduces the need for infrastructure changes and improves system failover recovery, rollout and repurposing.

"By non-intrusively unshackling physical and virtual servers from their software stack, LAN and SAN dependencies, Scalent has enabled data center owners to match their existing infrastructure to changing business needs in real time, without disrupting application performance or business processes," said Kevin Epstein, vice president of marketing for Scalent. "We've seen remarkable total cost of ownership savings in deployed customer environments, and we are excited to collaborate with QLogic and others in providing critical enhancements to SAN access and system management."

The Scalent solution encompasses support for Linux, Solaris and Windows, and hypervisors like VMware and Xen, as well as supporting and extending the capabilities of existing technologies like iSCSI. By qualifying the S6140 router with Scalent V/OE, as well as incorporating support for Scalent in SANblade Fibre Channel HBAs, QLogic and Scalent have enabled a scalable, cost-efficient solution to server infrastructure repurposing. Sophisticated systems and simpler, 1U systems that lack HBAs both become repurposable.

"Our collaboration with Scalent dramatically reduces the costs of Server-to-SAN connectivity. Now every server in the enterprise can be connected to SANs dynamically and inexpensively," said Shishir Shah, general manager of storage solutions, QLogic Corp. "IT managers must respond to business changes in real-time. Scalent V/OE and QLogic connectivity solutions, especially the SANbox 6000 line, are the right way to address asset utilization for maximum business benefit without changing existing infrastructure."

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Published Monday, September 18, 2006 1:09 PM by David Marshall
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