CNT Brings SAN Router Capability to AS/400

Joanna Doyle

Computer Network Technology (CNT, Minneapolis) has introduced a new networking device to allow shared storage access on AS/400 servers. The UltraNet Open Systems Router solution is designed to aid companies working to build a Storage Area Network (SAN) in an AS/400 environment.

SANs are an alternative to businesses currently using dedicated AS/400 server-to-storage connections. A SAN provides a lower-cost storage management solution by consolidating storage resources and eliminating the need for such dedicated connections. By providing multiple AS/400 servers with access to Magstar and other AS/400-compatible tape subsystems, UltraNet creates a pool of storage resources, which can be shared. This increases access to storage devices, reduces storage administration management staff and costs, and decreases the cost of dedicated storage-to-server connections. In addition, built-in intelligence in UltraNet Open Systems Router makes it possible for multiple servers to make numerous requests to the tape drive without interrupting active jobs.

“With the announcement of the UltraNet Open Systems Router, CNT is trumpeting to the AS/400 administrator that it is possible to build a shared storage resource that can be accessed by multiple AS/400 servers,” says Mark Knittel, group VP of product operations at CNT. “This is a first for the AS/400 market.”

UltraNet Open Systems Router is available immediately. CNT will release two configurations of the product, SCSI-only and FC to SCSI. UltraNet contains embedded software that manages the functions of the Open Systems Router, and it supports Emulex, Jaycor, Qlogic and HP Fibre Channel host bus adapters. CNT will offer Web-based technology support and 24-hour phone support options.

Related Information:

  • Computer Network Technology (new window)
  • UltraNet Open Systems Router Product Overview (new window)