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Crosswalk Unveils New iGrid Storage System


Crosswalk, Inc. has announced the availability of a new product family and iGrid enhancements. The new iGrid 7100 Series Intelligent Storage Grid System -- as well as a new version of the iGrid operating system (iGridOS), support for InfiniBand and support for four gigabit per second Fibre Channel -- are all centered on boosting storage throughput, functionality and flexibility for customers.

"We've been listening intently to our customers and the marketplace since we first launched the iGrid Intelligent Storage Grid System Series 5100 product family, and these new enhancements reflect a growing need for even greater performance and flexibility," said Jack McDonnell, Crosswalk's founder and CEO. "We invented Intelligent Storage Grid Systems, and now we've set the bar even higher."

The first of the four enhancements being announced is the availability of the iGrid Model 7110 node, the first product in the new iGrid 7100 Series. The 7110 doubles the cache of the iGrid 5110 to 32 gigabytes and includes up to 12 gigabit Ethernet front-end ports for a 50 percent increase in connectivity to networks, servers and compute nodes. In addition, the 7110 uses dual-core 64-bit processors instead of the single-core processors in the iGrid 5110, enabling up to a 50 percent increase in performance as compared to the 5110.

The second enhancement to the iGrid Intelligent Storage Grid System is the availability of version 2.0 of iGridOS, the iGrid operating system. Backward-compatible with existing iGrid Model 5110 nodes, and included with all new iGrid nodes, iGridOS offers improved performance, new statistical reporting features and advanced policy-based management functionality. On an Intelligent Storage Grid System consisting of four 5110 iGrid nodes, version 2.0 has demonstrated sustained write performance of over 1.47 gigabytes per second and read performance of over 1.40 gigabytes per second, according to Crosswalk.

Mike Karp, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, added, "High performance computing and storage-intensive commercial environments require a solution that goes beyond traditional storage architectures. Crosswalk's iGrid scales linearly in every dimension and should meet the most demanding requirements of environments with hundreds of servers and massive amounts of storage. It is a true scale-out architecture."

To further boost performance, Crosswalk is also shipping 5110 and 7110 nodes with InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs) to enable users to optionally increase throughput by 100 percent. Crosswalk claims their support for IP over InfiniBand is unique in the industry in that it provides the same load balancing and failover functionality available with iGrid and gigabit Ethernet, enabling users to use existing infrastructures while achieving the advanced performance only possible with InfiniBand. The flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing customer demands is also evident in Crosswalk's just-announced support for four gigabit per second Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), switches and disk arrays.

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