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Pirus Networks offers new utility switch

Pirus Networks plans to introduce the PSX-1000 storage utility switch, which is intended to provide a simple and direct way to link multiple storage devices running different data protocols.

The PSX-1000 simply tethers together multiple storage arrays and servers through an "intelligent storage switch." An internal crossbar fabric within the PSX-1000 allows for switching across multiple types of connections, Ken Kutzer, product marketing director for Pirus.

Pirus claimed that the PSX-1000 could save companies as much as 53% of the "typical acquisition costs for storage services".

Security concerns centred on the existence of what is essentially a Fibre-to-IP bridge within the PSX-1000 are handled with a "secure virtual storage domain" that prevents some data from hopping on to an outside, or insecure, IP network, said Kutzer.

"We built this feature we call a secure virtual storage domain, which is the ability to partition the storage network into logical groupings, like a virtual local area network," said Kutzer.

Pricing starts at $85,000 (£60,000) for a fully-functioning configuration that includes four file servers, the Pirus PSX-1000 Storage Utility Switch, and management software. The software includes the Pirus ServFlex Files Services Logical Server Architecture, Pirus Secure Virtual Storage Domain, and PirusView Management Software.

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