It's worth nothing that Intransa is still shipping 1GbE controllers and that the three different performance options (1GbE, 2GbE, and 10GbE PCUs) will work with the same SCE and can scale to the same max capacity of 180TB per cluster. "That's a theoretical limit," Whitney says. "We have close to a petabyte on our road map."
Whitney is confident that Intransa has virtually no competition in the network applications market. "The only [company] that has something similar is Isilon, but they are file-based, while we are block-based," Whitney says, adding that customers that have already their own file system will find a block-based solution more attractive.
Will Intransa make a killing (or continue to make a killing, I should say) in the network applications space? I'm not venturing any predictions, but it will be a good fight to watch and an interesting technology to follow.
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