LeftHand Networks Makes Open iSCSI SANs a Reality With IBM System x3650 Support

    SAN/iQ Platform and Enterprise-Class Servers Enable Cost-Effective and
    Easy-to-Manage iSCSI SANs for Canadian Customers

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ -- LeftHand Networks(R) has expanded its open
iSCSI SAN portfolio with support for IBM System x3650 servers. The combination
of the IBM System x3650 server and LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ(R) software
provides customers an easy-to-deploy SAN with unprecedented scalability, high
availability, reliability and performance.  LeftHand Networks' open iSCSI SANs
are ideally suited for use with server consolidation and virtualization
projects, Microsoft application environments, Lotus Notes and Domino
applications and disaster recovery solutions.
    LeftHand Networks is bolstering its presence in Canada with a concerted
push to provide additional product offerings and support.  Leading the open
iSCSI SAN market, the company is the only vendor to break free from the
proprietary approach to storage and offer customers the choice and flexibility
to purchase enterprise-class x86 servers powered by LeftHand's SAN/iQ
platform.  Customers can select from a variety of industry standard hardware
platforms best suited to meet performance, capacity, reliability, and budget
requirements while also protecting current network storage investments.
    "IT professionals can benefit from solutions that build upon and leverage
prior investments in storage systems hardware and network infrastructure,"
said Natalya Yezhkova, research manager for compliance storage at IDC.  "The
combination of IBM's System x3650 servers with LeftHand's SAN/iQ software
provides customers with a solution that is competitive on price, performance
and scale by leveraging the latest multicore processors.  LeftHand's open
iSCSI SAN solution supports a wide selection of platforms to meet the storage
requirements of various applications."
    LeftHand Networks has further enhanced its push into Canada with the
hiring of Mira Sharma as Canada country manager.  Sharma is charged with
overseeing the company's Canadian operations and growing its network of
channel partners.

    Open iSCSI SANs
    Open iSCSI SAN, following in the path of the open-systems server market,
incorporates enterprise-class x86 servers and support for technical industry
standards though an open, modular software platform.  Open iSCSI SAN describes
the emerging shift in the SAN marketplace to provide customers with
interoperability, choice, cost-effectiveness, and performance in their
    "Organix customers are demanding non-proprietary storage solutions that
allow them to combine the best hardware and software solutions possible to
meet their specific needs," said Greg Chenier, Organix business unit executive
for rich media.  "LeftHand Networks delivers with its open iSCSI SAN approach.
Our customers value the ability to combine SAN/iQ SAN management software with
leading IBM hardware to create a high-performance SAN."
    LeftHand Networks delivers on the promise of open iSCSI SANs specifically

    (*)  Compliance with industry standards such as TCP/IP, the iSCSI protocol
    specification, and Ethernet networking.  Through the support of
    industry standards and existing skill sets, enterprises can
    cost-effectively deploy and manage open iSCSI SANs.

    (*)  Support of enterprise-class x86-based servers: market leading
    x86 server vendors are now delivering servers capable of serving as
    optimized storage modules.  With open iSCSI SANs, LeftHand Networks
    customers are able to take advantage of the large R&D investments of
    companies such as HP and IBM, who are continually working to drive down
    power consumption and cooling cost, while increasing density, product
    longevity and adding innovative capabilities such as 10 Gigabit
    Ethernet.  Open iSCSI SAN customers can seamlessly incorporate the
    latest in x86 server technology alongside their existing investments,
    removing the need to perform costly monolithic storage systems

    (*)  Unprecedented scalability, high availability, reliability and
    performance through the SAN/iQ software platform: the SAN/iQ platform
    provides all of the services necessary for storage provisioning, data
    protection, management and availability in the most demanding
    datacenter environments.

    The breadth of SAN/iQ powered platforms includes the IBM x3650, HP
ProLiant DL380, LeftHand NSM 260 and NSM 160.

    The IBM Server x3650
    Utilizing SAS drive technology and the latest dual core processor
technology from Intel, the x3650 provides the foundation for enterprise-class
iSCSI SANs.  By virtualizing all system resources, including processing power
and SAS drive performance, SAN/iQ transforms multiple x3650's into an
enterprise-class iSCSI SAN ideally suited for I/O intensive workloads created
by virtualized server environments, Lotus Notes and Domino applications,
Microsoft Exchange Server and transactional databases including SQL and
Oracle.  Future proofed with expansion capabilities, the x3650 system is 10
Gigabit Ethernet ready.  The IBM Server x3650 will be deployed as a storage
module within a LeftHand Networks clustered SAN.

    LeftHand Networks SAN/iQ Platform
    SAN/iQ is the industry's first and only open software platform
architected from the ground up to deliver iSCSI SANs with enterprise-class
features running on x86 server hardware.  The SAN/iQ platform greatly
simplifies storage provisioning, management and data availability.
    The patented distributed architecture of the SAN/iQ platform enables:

    (*)  Ability to scale storage capacity, disk performance and network
    throughput with each additional clustered storage server node;

    (*)  Advanced data protection, availability and performance with LeftHand
    Networks unique Network RAID technology;

    (*)  Enhanced disaster recovery solutions via synchronous data replication,
    snapshots and remote copy;

    (*)  Optimized volume management and storage utilization through thin
    provisioning and auto-grow functionality;

    (*)  Easy-to-use centralized management of all SAN resources, regardless of

    Pricing and Availability

    SAN/iQ software is currently available through authorized LeftHand
Networks Advantage partners as well as IBM channel partners.  For further
information, please contact LeftHand Networks at 1.866.4.IPSANS

    About LeftHand Networks
    LeftHand Networks pioneered IP-based storage area networks (SAN) in 2001.
SANs built using LeftHand's SAN/iQ(R) software are uniquely able to distribute
and protect data across a cluster of industry-standard storage servers.  The
company's patented architecture increases data availability, allows users to
start small and grow the SAN seamlessly, and simplifies management.  The
LeftHand SAN is ideal for server consolidation and virtualization projects,
Microsoft Application environments, and disaster recovery solutions.  For more
information, contact LeftHand at info@lefthandnetworks.com.

    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information:

For further information: Melissa Hourigan of LeGrand Hart, 
+1-303-298-8470, mhourigan@legrandhart.com, for LeftHand Networks; or Tracey 
Floming of LeftHand Networks, tracey.floming@lefthandnetworks.com

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