SOURCE: Intransa, Inc.

July 26, 2005 07:00 ET

Intransa Awarded Patent for Scalable and Innovative IP SANs

Patent Vital in Delivering Dynamic and Cost Effective Performance Scaling

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- Intransa, the global leader in network-centric, enterprise IP-storage systems, has been issued a U.S. Patent for Distributed iSCSI and SCSI targets, a key element in its network centric approach to provisioning and automatically managing volumes within the network.

"One of the key pain points that IP SANs address is affordable and efficient scalability," said Doug Rainbolt, vice president of marketing, Intransa, Inc. "The power of the Intransa network centric architecture is IP connectivity throughout, a network switched topology interconnecting clustered intelligent Layer 7 controllers and disks, enabling not only the world's most scalable IP SAN, but an intelligent edge model that offers simplified management."

Enterprise Initiatives Require a Network-Centric IP SAN for Success

In today's world, enterprises are tasked with doing more for less. Not only do CIOs need to improve asset utilization, simplify management, and protect their data, they need to control costs and have a flexible infrastructure. Customers would like to build their storage in the same way that they build their network, by utilizing modularity and a fully distributed storage model. By enabling iSCSI to be accessed in a distributed and end-user transparent fashion, Intransa, through its IntraStor software platform, continues to build upon its network centric architecture, and separately scale performance and capacity.

About the Patent

Intransa's U.S. Patent (#6915354) describes its unique method and apparatus for distributing iSCSI and SCSI targets. The patent includes 35 claims covering among other things:

--  The initiator's role in the distribution and order of the SCSI
    commands.
--  Target storage processors as proxies.
--  Target storage processors and their role in forwarding requests to a
    selected target storage processor which decides whether any and which of
    the other target storage processors is to process a forwarded request.
--  The role of target storage processors as peers. The role of a target
    storage processor to communicate each received request to all of the other
    storage processors. The role of target storage processors to arrange
    themselves into layers to divide the SCSI and iSCSI protocol work.
--  A distributed system associating each of multiple egress target
    storage processors with a respective ingress target storage processor and
    associates a set of blocks of storage with each of the egress target
    storage processors.
    
In addition to the above patent, Intransa was awarded U.S. Patent (#6799260) in September of 2004 for the apparatus and methods of Dynamic Storage Management. The patent was a milestone in the IP SAN industry by providing more efficient manageability to customers and lowering costs. Intransa also has eight patents pending.

About Intransa

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Intransa is an innovator of enterprise-class, intelligent IP storage solutions that radically reduce the complexity of deploying scalable networked storage. Based on advanced technology that leverages the cost and performance advantage of Ethernet and the ubiquity of IP networks, Intransa's products are enabling a new generation of information storage, delivery, and management over IP networks. Intransa has offices in the US, UK, India, China and Singapore, and an offshore development facility in Pune, India. The company was recently chosen as one of Red Herring's 100 hottest private companies in North America. For more information, visit www.intransa.com.

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