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Start-up to debut hub for clusters

G2 Networks rolls out a new piece of hardware that will provide gigabit-speed connections for all network-attached devices including server systems and storage arrays.

    A new piece of hardware to be introduced next week will provide gigabit-speed connections for all network-attached devices including server systems and storage arrays.

    Start-up G2 Networks will roll out a network "hub" device based on fibre channel interconnect technology that server computers, clients, and storage farms can link to for fast provisioning of data.

    The box allows several systems to connect to a fiber optic "loop" to send and receive data. The company has addressed high-availability concerns through use of a technology that allows two loops to run concurrently in case one loop fails. In an intranet setting such a configuration would offer users split-second access to data on their network.

    Fibre Channel has become a hot topic as a means to interconnect systems at high speeds and could offer a compelling alternative to SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)-based schemes, according to Scott Ruple, vice president of marketing for G2 Networks.

    Ruple said the company is looking to sell their hardware to third-party server vendors and talks with giants like IBM, Dell Computer, and Compaq Computer are ongoing.

    The hardware can be segmented into two five-port configurations of systems or one 10-port configuration. The so-called 2X5 Hub is available now for $4,995.