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
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. ( http://adapters.lsilogic.com ). "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 http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/technologies/storage/default.asp . 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 http://www.lsilogic.com/techlib/marketing_docs/storage_stand_prod/integrated_c 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, http://www.lsilogic.com . Notes to Editor: 1. All LSI Logic news releases (financial, acquisitions, manufacturing, products, technology etc.) are issued exclusively by PR Newswire and are immediately thereafter posted on the company's external website, http://www.lsilogic.com . 2. LSI Logic, the LSI Logic logo design, Fusion-MPT, the Fusion-MPT logo design and Integrated Mirroring are trademarks or registered trademarks of LSI Logic Corporation. 3. ARM is a registered trademark of Advanced RISC Machines Inc. and is used under license agreement. 4. All other brands and names may be trademarks of their respective companies. 5. Please do not assign a Reader Service number to this release. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X86366874RELATED LINKS
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