UNH-IOL Boosts Development of High Performance Storage Solutions
Jul 08, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced that through the UNH-IOL Data Storage consortiums, the lab is helping member companies introduce their storage products and devices to the market faster and providing members an early opportunity to test against new standards, laying the groundwork for the future of data storage technologies.
UNH-IOL said it recently released a case study with global technology and solution provider Dell, illustrating how membership in the UNH-IOL consortiums enables the company to deliver EqualLogic storage solutions to market, while bringing new levels of interoperability.
According to a release, the size of databases, demanding new storage-hungry applications such as video and social media, and compliance requirements are all factors contributing to the need for storage technologies that are efficient. The storage systems supporting these applications must also be interoperable with the myriad of complementary systems on the network. Through the Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SATA and Data Center Bridging consortiums, the UNH-IOL helps storage target, networking switch, converged network adapter (CNA), hard drive and host bus adapter vendors overcome the challenges associated with the need for increases in storage capabilities. The lab provides a cost effective way for these companies to verify conformance to a variety of data storage standards, as well as to ensure product interoperability in multivendor environments.
Since 2003, Dell has been collaborating with the UNH-IOL to test the conformance and interoperability of its products in several consortiums. Dell's membership in consortiums, such as DCB and iSCSI, allows Dell to supplement in-house interoperability testing of its EqualLogic products by utilizing the UNH-IOL. As an extension of its internal staff, Dell frees up the testing resources allowing for time to focus on Dell's core mission. In addition, the UNH-IOL's membership model enables Dell to supplement its research and development scope, while reducing time to market for EqualLogic products.
"With our memberships in the UNH-IOL consortiums, we can bring products to market faster," said Peter Thompson, director of storage networking at Dell. "There is no way to put a price on that. It's critical."
"Because the UNH-IOL is so ahead of the curve, we are able to identify ways to improve and adjust our product well ahead of schedule," added Kirt Gillum, engineering manager at Dell. "It's an absolute head start in the race to the market place."
As an independent organization, UNH-IOL noted that it is committed to neutral testing of emerging and existing data storage technologies to ensure credible results.
-Membership in the DCB Consortium gives members, such as Dell, the opportunity to test against the recently completed IEEE 802.1 DCB standard. Once implemented, the DCB standard will enable data center operators and large enterprises to save money by converging multiple networks into a single, enhanced Ethernet network.
-Members of the UNH-IOL's iSCSI Consortium have seen the benefit of DCB to iSCSI's performance and have joined the DCB Consortium for testing of their iSCSI products.
-The Fibre Channel Consortium gives members access to the new FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) and VLAN Discovery testing service, as well as the previously released FCoE Encapsulation test suite.
-Additionally, as an approved SATA-IO test lab, membership in the UNH-IOL's SATA Consortium lets companies participate in the testing required to attain the SATA-IO Logo, and therefore enables the companies to submit products for inclusion on the SATA-IO Integrators List.
"The interoperability and conformance testing performed at the UNH-IOL is essential for globally recognized companies like Dell in ensuring the development and delivery of a high quality product that customers can trust," said Mikkel Hagen, senior engineer for the UNH-IOL.
The UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies.
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