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NetXen Enables Cost-Effective Networked Storage with New iSCSI Boot Solution

NetXen, Inc., the industry leader in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter card port shipments, today announced availability of iSCSI Boot support for its family of dual-port 10GbE and quad-port 1GbE Intelligent NIC adapters, enabling low cost SANs on ubiquitous Ethernet networks.

Supporting iSCSI remote boot on the NetXen NIC eliminates the need for a separate host bus adapter, making networked storage more cost effective. In addition, the solution enables blade servers to go diskless, which saves power and increases system reliability.

iSCSI has emerged as an important networked storage technology, especially in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) segment. Using iSCSI boot, the operating system is initialized from a remote iSCSI storage area network (SAN), removing the need for large locally attached hard disk drives and local OS images. This reduces total cost of ownership by contributing to lower power consumption, better solution performance and real estate cost savings.

iSCSI technology is one of the major building blocks for providing a standard Ethernet-based infrastructure for data, storage and networking traffic. "By adding iSCSI remote boot to our solution, we’re giving customers the functionality they need to more broadly deploy iSCSI storage across SMB and large enterprise," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing and product development at NetXen. "This release is another demonstration of our ongoing commitment to augment the functionality of our Intelligent NIC products to bring key technology advances to customers."

The iSCSI boot support will be offered as part of NetXen’s new third-generation Intelligent NIC products including the NX3-20GCU and NX3-20GXR dual-port 10GbE PCIe 2.0 adapters, and the NX3-4GBT quad-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

Additional product information is available at http://www.netxen.com/products/boardsolutions/IntelligentNIC_3G.html.

About NetXen, Inc.

NetXen, Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures intelligent 10-Gigabit Ethernet networking chips that advance enterprise datacenter performance and agility. Founded in February 2002 by chip design veteran Govind Kizhepat, the company is headquartered in Cupertino, California, with offices in Pune and Bangalore, India. NetXen's protocol- and OS-agnostic Intelligent NICs are designed for volume 10-Gigabit deployments and are targeted at server, storage, security and networking systems. Additional information about the company and its patented chip architecture is available at http://www.netxen.com.

NetXen, the NetXen logo, and Intelligent NIC are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetXen, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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