ATTO extends initiator to Mac StorageWorks arrays

says Version 3.10 of its Xtend SAN iSCSI initiator can now be used with HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVAs) in Mac environments for accessing native Fibre Channel storage.

The US$195 initiator, which is an iSCSI device driver and a management interface, adds several new features to aid HP users operating in iSCSI Mac environments including support for Leopard OS X 10.5; support for Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP); and support for Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS), which facilitates the automated discovery, management and configuration of iSCSI storage devices.

It also includes Login Redirect, which increases the availability and reliability of the storage being accessed via Xtend SAN. Enabling login redirect in Xtend SAN allows it to redirect users to their intended targets in situations where the targets may not be available at the expected address. Without redirect, the user would not be able to log in to the intended target if it has moved.

Amherst, N.Y.-based ATTO said that with Xtend SAN, users can take existing direct-attached storage devices and make them available to multiple servers, increasing accessibility and simplifying storage management, while leveraging existing IT expertise.

It says ATTO’s Xtend SAN iSCSI initiator combined with HP EVAs provides a cost-effective, centralized solution for expanding existing Fibre Channel SANs.