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Coraid sees growth of AoE storage

Coraid, a pioneer in the AoE (ATA-over-Ethernet) storage protocol, announced that it ended the 2006 fiscal year with three times the number of clients and almost four times the revenue over the previous year.

The company said it experienced six consecutive quarters of profitability and growth, and now has more than 500 clients using EtherDrive storage products. The technology uses standard Ethernet and the open AoE storage protocol to provide fast, low cost and scalable networked storage without the complexities, overhead or costs typically associated with iSCSI- or Fibre Channel-based systems.

Coraid said AoE eliminated the need for ToE (TCP/IP off-load Engine) cards or HBAs (Host Bus Adapters). Using AoE enables disks to be shared on a network, creating a highly scalable storage system at an economical price.

EtherDrive storage, the company said, has been integrated into high performance, massively scalable networked storage solutions for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Windows-based environments.

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