LeftHand SAN Receives
Designed for Windows® Logo Qualification
LeftHand Networks Working with Leading Vendors to Accelerate iSCSI Adoption
Boulder, Colorado, November 19, 2003 —LeftHand Networks™, a leading provider of complete, integrated IP storage area network (SAN) solutions, today joined with numerous storage vendors in announcing iSCSI qualification under the Designed for Windows® Logo program. The LeftHand SAN has passed the necessary tests to help ensure interoperability with the Windows platform, and specifically with the Microsoft iSCSI software initiator. Widespread vendor adoption of the standards-based iSCSI protocol will simplify user implementations and speed adoption of IP-based storage.
The Microsoft iSCSI architecture will be the first iSCSI connectivity option supported by LeftHand, providing customers a standards-based protocol for IP SAN implementations supporting Windows 2000 and 2003-based applications. The LeftHand Networks IP SAN provides a full set of SAN services, including centralized storage management, virtualization, non-disruptive scalability, automated failover, local and remote replication, snapshot, and automated data migration. Complete SAN functionality will be available to customers who choose to utilize iSCSI as the communication protocol.
“Customers benefit from broad vendor support of standards,” said Zane Adam, director of product management and marketing for the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft. “We’re pleased that the robust LeftHand SAN is one of the first iSCSI solutions to be qualified as part of the Designed for Windows logo program for iSCSI hardware devices.”
Existing customers using
LeftHand’s current driver and protocol, Advanced Ethernet Block
Storage (AEBS), will have the option to continue to use AEBS, move
to iSCSI, or intermix application servers running AEBS and iSCSI
within their IP SAN.
LeftHand Networks also recently announced a definitive agreement with Microsoft to license Windows Storage Server 2003. LeftHand will develop a network-attached storage (NAS) head based on Windows Storage Server 2003 to seamlessly integrate file services into its LeftHand SAN solution. Many current LeftHand customers are using their IP SAN to support file sharing by using a file server as a front-end to the SAN. The Windows Storage Server-based product will allow customers to use a product sourced and supported by LeftHand to enable file sharing.