St. Louis, MO (May 3, 2004)–Studio Network Solutions (SNS) introduced iSANmp to its family of shared storage networking software at the 2004 NAB show. Built on the iSCSI protocol, iSANmp is a solution for facilities that need to share audio and video files over Ethernet, whether in the adjacent editing suite or with a remote location across the globe.
iSCSI is an IP-based storage networking standard that enables rapid and efficient transport of block-level I/O data over high-speed Ethernet. iSANmp works with both Windows and Mac OS X systems and is the first such product available to Mac users.
To bring this new technology to the Mac platform required the creation of an iSCSI initiator, a non-trivial piece of software that was previously unavailable for OS X. SNS has included its iSCSI initiator, as well as support for iSCSI volume sharing, into its new iSANmp application.
SNS has designed this new product specifically for the A/V industries and has concurrently announced that it will offer turnkey iSCSI SAN solutions at considerably less cost than that of a comparative Fibre Channel-based system.
“With iSCSI over multi-Gigabit Ethernet, users can achieve performance nearing that of Fibre Channel and can finally record, edit and playback projects over an Ethernet infrastructure,” stated Gary Holladay, SNS president and chief systems designer. “One of the key advantages of iSANmp is its ability to offer block-level access to shared storage over widely deployed IP-based networks, allowing secure and easy access over Local, Metropolitan, or Wide Area Networks. Another substantial advantage in terms of performance is the fact that, unlike a typical Ethernet file-sharing network, iSANmp eliminates the overhead of SMB, AppleShare or WebDAV. This means that iSANmp offers the ability to significantly exploit the available bandwidth of Gigabit and multi-Gigabit Ethernet.”
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