SBE and PyX Technologies Showcase iSCSI Solution at NetWorld + Interop

5/14/2004 - SBE Inc., (NASDAQ: SBEI), a leading provider of high performance OEM board-level networking solutions, and PyX Technologies, an OEM supplier of iSCSI protocol solutions, announced their joint iSCSI storage management solution designed to deliver performance and reliability in a cost-effective and easily deployable bundle. This collaborative solution will be demonstrated at the SBE booth #202 at NetWorld + Interop Las Vegas from Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2004.

The SBE/PyX iSCSI solution merges SBE's dual port Gigabit Ethernet TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) board with PyX's fault tolerant, high availability, uniform iSCSI software protocol. Fully compliant with IETF iSCSI standards, this robust iSCSI product delivers multi-path migration and Error Recovery Level Two (ERL2) functionality. Featuring active trunking and aggregation of port bandwidth, the SBE/PyX solution ensures that there is no single point of failure on the storage transport layer between any two iSCSI nodes while simultaneously offloading the network protocol processing from the CPU.

"Coupling PyX's comprehensive iSCSI software with SBE's dual Gigabit Ethernet TOE board enables us to deliver an optimally-priced 'iSCSI on demand' product to our mutual customers," commented William B. Heye, Jr. president and CEO of SBE.

"Given the many benefits that iSCSI offers, such as high availability, scalability, built-in investment protection, use of widely-accepted Ethernet technology, and overall cost savings, it is not surprising that demand for iSCSI solutions is growing and analysts forecast impressive levels of continued growth in the coming years. With our development efforts on the TOE board, it was a natural and seamless progression for us to spin an iSCSI offering from our TOE card," continued Heye.

Available SBE/PyX solutions include the iSCSI Initiator and the iSCSI Target. The Initiator resides on a client PC or device connected to a network and views storage on the Target as another local disk, regardless of where it is located. The iSCSI Target product resides on a storage server and is the destination of the call from an iSCSI Initiator. The Target enables the separation of the iSCSI protocol from the native storage protocol (i.e. Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, or Fibre Channel), thus protecting existing hardware and infrastructure investments while also offering the flexibility to take advantage of future technologies with ease. The iSCSI Target is compatible with all current 32/64-bit IP-compliant platforms. Linux OS support is currently available for both iSCSI solutions.

"PyX is pleased to be teaming with SBE. By leveraging the expertise of our respective companies, we are able to offer technologically superior IP storage products for the enterprise and carrier markets," said Andre Hedrick, president and CTO of PyX Technologies. "We believe there is strong market demand for iSCSI storage products, and SBE, with its robust family of board-level storage solutions, is an ideal engineering partner for us. We are looking forward to jointly producing several more iSCSI enabled products with the SBE team as customer demand continues to build," continued Hedrick.

For more information on iSCSI bundled solutions and pricing details, please contact SBE at 800-214-4723 or via e-mail at

About PyX Technologies
PyX Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Concord, California, delivers enterprises and organizations an economical and efficient alternative to expensive and proprietary storage infrastructures. PyX iSCSI solutions provide a standardized, uniform software protocol that carries data requests to and from networked storage with error recovery and multi-path migration previously only available in expensive Fibre Channel architectures. For more information, please visit PyX at

About SBE
SBE architects and provides network communications solutions for an extensive range of applied computing applications. SBE offers a robust portfolio of standards-based WAN, LAN, Storage network interface cards (NICs) as well as communications controllers designed to enable optimal performance and rapid deployment across a full spectrum of next generation networking systems. Based in San Ramon, California, SBE is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SBEI) with products sold worldwide through direct sales, OEMs and system integration partners. For additional information, please visit

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