St. Louis, MO, March 13, 2007 — Studio Network Solutions (SNS), a
premier developer and worldwide solutions provider of optimized
audio/video shared storage products, today announced that it has
advanced the state of the storage industry by making an iSCSI
initiator for Mac OS X available at no cost to the user.
iSCSI is a network protocol standard that enables the transport of
block-level I/O over TCP/IP. When deployed over a Gigabit or
10-Gigabit Ethernet network, an iSCSI-based storage area network
(SAN) can rival the performance of a Fibre Channel SAN, while costing
far less to implement.
In an iSCSI SAN, an initiator is needed for each computer that
requires access to the networked storage. Although an initiator is
freely available for most major operating systems, an iSCSI initiator
is not shipped with Apple’s Mac OS X. Studio Network Solutions is
pleased to announce that version 3.0 of its globalSAN iSCSI initiator
for Mac OS X is now available for download from the company’s website.
“We’ve been shipping our Mac initiator with our SANmp sharing
software and globalSAN line of shared storage systems since 2004,”
stated Eric Newbauer, Director of Operations for Studio Network
Solutions. “We’ve focused on optimizing our iSCSI products so that
they perform very well under conditions where you’d normally expect
to need a Fibre Channel SAN. For example, our customers are using our
products with professional audio and video editing software like
Avid, Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro — these applications are extremely
dependent on high throughput and low latency.”
Version 3.0 of the globalSAN iSCSI initiator for OS X is a Universal
Application, for Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. The
initiator supports CHAP, persistent targets, SLPv2 and Multiple
Connections per Session. This publicly available version is not a
timed evaluation or feature-locked — it is being offered for
download to any end-user who would like to take advantage of iSCSI in
an OS X-only, or a mixed operating system SAN environment.
SNS will be demonstrating its latest iSCSI and Fibre Channel products
at the upcoming NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas, April 14-19, location
SL4830. To learn more and to download the initiator, visit
About the Company
Studio Network Solutions (SNS) is a leading developer and provider of
optimized audio/video shared storage networks and workflow software
for the media and entertainment industries. The company develops
solutions for digital artists who work in post-production, recording
studios, broadcasting and corporate media production. Products
include SANmp — software for sharing iSCSI and Fibre Channel
storage; globalSAN — a turnkey iSCSI audio and video SAN; A/V SAN
PRO — custom Fibre Channel solutions; and Postmap — asset and
metadata management software.
For additional information please visit the company’s website.