Xiran Offers Cost Effective Single-board Full Duplex LAN-to-SAN Bridges

4/2/2003 - Xiran, a division of SimpleTech focused on developing content delivery acceleration solutions, now offers the first of a family of cost effective, high performance single-board full duplex LAN-to-SAN bridges designed to dramatically enhance throughput between fibre channel storage and gigabit Ethernet LANs.

Designated DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerators, these single slot PCI boards are the most highly integrated LAN-to-SAN bridges available on the market. They are powered by Xiran's proprietary DirectPath Engine silicon with a complete complement of TCP/IP, UDP/IP and iSCSI firmware to offload all protocol processing and data transfer chores from a server. On-board cache buffers of up to 4 GB, a complete 1000Base-T network interface, and two 2-Mbps fibre channel host bus adaptor ports are included, to provide the industry's first complete single-board storage to network bridge solution with on-board cache.

"Our new DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerators assures gigabit-per-second wire-speed network to storage throughput or serverwidth for PCI-based servers now on the market," said Jeanclaude Toma, vice president for marketing and business development for Xiran. "Thanks to its high degree of integration, a single DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerator can be used to replace four system cards -- including a gigE NIC, TCP/IP/iSCSI processor, fibrechannel HBA and memory. This is good news for makers of slot-constrained 1U and 2U servers, and even allows high-end enterprise class servers to add multiple boards to maximize LAN-to-SAN connectivity in a single chassis. We expect DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerators to provide ideal solutions for OEMs serving high growth markets for networked storage devices and high performance servers in the streaming media, video-on-demand, and LAN-to-SAN storage gateway markets."

DPA-1300 Accelerators support Raid 0+1, Linux kernel 2.4.17, and Windows NT and 2000drives. Downloadable firmware is available for accelerating streaming media, video-on-demand and storage protocols including MMS, RTD, RTP, RTSP, HTTP, TCP/IP, UDP, MPEG over IP, iSCSI and FCIP. Optional Helix Universal Server software from RealNetworks can also be bundled.

Prices for Xiran DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerator boards begin at $2,500 in low volume. Evaluation units will be available in May 2003, with volume deliveries scheduled to commence in July. The Xiran DirectPath DPA-1300 Accelerator will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at the company's Booth #SL3126 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas from April 7 to 10, 2003. Several other versions of the product optimized for video-on-demand and other bandwidth intensive applications are planned for the near future.

About Xiran
Xiran, a division of SimpleTech (Nasdaq: STEC), is a technology leader in developing advanced solutions for accelerating content delivery by servers between storage and networks at wire speeds. Located in Irvine, California, the company combines proprietary hardware, firmware and software to implement its DirectPath family of products and systems. These are aimed at improving Serverwidth and performance in several high growth markets ranging from streaming media and video-on-demand to emerging enterprise applications involving storage area networks. For more information, visit the company's website at www.xiran.com

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