LSI Logic Readies Support for Microsoft Multipath I/O Vendor Certifications

LSI Logic's Device Specific Module for Fibre Channel Storage Adapters

Available Now as Enterprise System Vendors Begin Multipath I/O Program


Sep 05, 2002, 01:00 ET from LSI Logic Corporation

    MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LSI Logic Corporation
 (NYSE:   LSI) announced today that its Fibre Channel enabling Device Specific
 Module (DSM) and driver are now available and ready for storage vendors and
 OEM system builders who choose to participate in the Microsoft Multipath I/O
 (MPIO) solution program.  Microsoft today introduced the MPIO program to
 improve system reliability, availability, and interoperability between
 multiple storage hardware solutions within the enterprise market.  The
 flagship LSI Logic DSM product is the LSI44929 2 gigabit per second Fibre
 Channel storage adapter. ( ).
     "LSI Logic's early commitment to Multipath I/O support establishes them as
 a leading storage vendor for enterprise-storage customers that need to
 incorporate products from various vendors into a single Multipath solution,"
 said Charles Stevens, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Storage Division,
 Microsoft Corp. "By introducing a Multipath I/O set of drivers for the
 Windows(R) platform and gaining support from companies such as LSI Logic, we
 offer an even greater value proposition to our enterprise customer."
     DSM is the LSI Logic software enabler that ties together the Fibre Channel
 infrastructure and contains the information specific to LSI Logic devices
 necessary to interact with the higher-level MPIO software Microsoft provides.
 The LSI Logic Fusion-MPT(TM) architecture makes this possible by allowing a
 concise view of the hardware so a virtual snapshot can be easily abstracted
 and the status of the underlying topology viewed.
      "Enterprise customers using the Windows platform can now be assured that
 they will be able to build a heterogeneous network storage system that can
 reliably interoperate," said Laura Cratin, LSI Logic Storage Standard Products
 Director of Software Development.  "By being among the first to support
 Microsoft's MPIO program, LSI Logic continues to demonstrate its leadership
 position within the storage market."
     The Microsoft MPIO program offers the benefits of enhanced storage system
 interoperability, performance gains, and higher system availability by
 enabling storage solutions to run on alternate paths between servers and
 storage devices.  More than 20 storage industry leaders have joined Microsoft
 in supporting the MPIO standard.  The Multipath I/O program consists of
 drivers and a software development kit that storage vendors can use to develop
 an enterprise storage solution compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
 and the forthcoming Microsoft Windows.NET Server.  More information on the
 Microsoft Multipath I/O program can be found at .
     About the Fusion-MPT(TM) (Message Passing Technology) Architecture
     Fusion-MPT architecture, using industry standard ARM processor technology,
 uniquely employs the same device driver that supports Ultra320 SCSI, Serial
 ATA and Fibre Channel, eliminating the need to develop, install and qualify
 separate device drivers for each physical interface.  The architecture enables
 OEMs to invest in a single I/O architecture that allows them to choose the
 best physical interface for their application while retaining the flexibility
 to migrate to new technologies as the market warrants.  LSI Logic considers
 its Fusion-MPT architecture to be the fastest, most efficient and versatile
 architecture implemented in high performance I/O controllers today.  The
 architecture will be applied to emerging interface technologies such as Serial
 Attached SCSI, as products evolve.  More information can be found at
 ircuits/fusion.pdf .
     About LSI Logic Corporation
     LSI Logic Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of
 communications, consumer and storage semiconductors for applications that
 access, interconnect and store data, voice and video. In addition, the company
 supplies storage network solutions for the enterprise. LSI Logic is
 headquartered at 1621 Barber Lane, Milpitas, .
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