ATTO has upgraded its Fibre Channel bridge software, allowing for faster tape backup between Fibre Channel and iSCSI, such as from a LAN to a storage system.
Version 2 of FibreBridge also provides better management of write commands between a host and a tape unit. Serverless backup capabilities have been extended to handle eight concurrent processes. The latest version also reduces the processing power used when backing up from primary to secondary (tape) storage.
An ExpressNAV Web-based GUI for remote management of the bridges is also included, with a real-time event logger recording up to 2,000 events for better fault diagnosis. A battery-backed feature on the FB 2350C bridge can hold up to 30 days-worth of events. Automatic broadcasts of bridge status can now be broadcast via SNMP, which helps improve manageability.
ATTO says that 4Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s Fibre Channel technology will be added to its bridges in the future. Emulex and QLogic have 4Gbit/s technology already.
It's Celerity Fibre Channel storage adapters (HBAs), introduced last month, currently operate up to 2Gbit/s. If ATTO is ading 4Gbit/s technology to its bridges then it almost certainly must be adding it to its storage adapters as well. ATTO wouldn't comment on it however.
The company is also going to add 10Gbit/s IP storage products "in the near future". European distributor Ronver said prices for the storage adapters start from £386 and the bridge prices start from £2,775.
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