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New port of iSCSI SAN available for Itanium (IA64)

KernSafe release iStorage Server iSCSI SAN for Itanium (IA64) based systems

January 6, 2010 -- KernSafe Technologies, Inc. A world leader in security storage and iSCSI solution, announced today a release of iStorage Server for Itanium (IA64) based systems. This latest maintenance release of iStorage Server software features a new port to HP or other vendor's Itanium-based servers running on the Itanium architecture.

KernSafe has long supported HP-UX on the PA-RISC® architecture and customers have also been running that version on Itanium® systems. However, to take full advantage of the performance gains of the Itanium processor, KernSafe is now creating a native Itanium version. These performance enhancements are especially important to customers. By using iStorage Server, we are able to build a iSCSI SAN from any IA64 version of windows in one minute.

iStorage Server is an iSCSI target software which makes any x86, x64 or even Itanium (IA64) Windows server into a high performance iSCSI SAN. Being an advanced and powerful, full-featured iSCSI Target software for Microsoft Windows (both commercial and free versions are available), it allows you quickly export existing storages such as disk images, physical disks, partitions, CD/DVD-ROMs, tapes or any other type of SCSI based devices and even a variety of popular CD/DVD images to its client machines, which delivers immediate benefits allowing storage to be consolidated, virtualized and centrally managed. iStorage Server has also provided RAID-1 (mirror) feature, which allows you create two iSCSI devices for mirror backup, the iSCSI device can be local image file or remote iSCSI device, so it is an ideal choice for any sized business.

iStorage Server is a hardware-independent, and do not require an additional hardware. Quickly create an IP SAN in minutes using hardware you already have. iStorage Server takes space on a windows file system and turns it into an iSCSI target. You can now let any computer on an Ethernet network use this iSCSI storage with benefits of cost-effective and scalable.

KernSafe has devoted to research storage solution for more than six years, and which always trying their best to make and meet a variety of user needs, from now on, iStorage Server has been released over 1 year ago, and been sold in more than 600 copies of commercial versions. iStorage Server not only have native code support for x86 and x64, but also Itanium machines.

Typical applications & clients:

  • Files, disks and CD-ROMs (images) centrally management and sharing to other Windows, Linux, Solaris, Netware and MACOS computers.
  • VMWare ESX Server
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Microsoft Hyper-v.
  • Windows 2003, Windows 2008 Clustering and more.

iStorage Server Key Features:

  • Provides extremely fast ISCSI RAM disk drives for temporary data storing on network.
  • Provides security disks for each client, Option, each client use own disk which use it’s CHAP password encrypted.
  • Provides a built-in iSCSI CD/DVD-ROM emulator which exports existing DVD-ROM ISO images to mounted iSCSI DVD-ROM drives on the clients.
  • Provides a built-in iSCSI virtual disk emulator. It exports existing disk images to mounted iSCSI disk drives on the clients.
  • Provides a network-bridged method. It exports an existing partition, disk, CD/DVD-ROM to clients as a virtual iSCSI drive.
  • Provides a RAID-1 (Mirror) device, it allows you create two image files for mirror backup, image file can be local file or remote iSCSI device.
  • Provides Generic SCSI device, it allows you map generic SCSI devices to your initiator, such as USB Storage, Tape and Optical Scanner.
  • Provides read and write caching, which use memory on server as cache to improve data transfers speed and response time.
  • Provides CHAP user authentication mechanism.
  • Provides client's IP address authentication mechanism with additional security.
  • Active Directory-integrated local and remote management console.
  • Provides iSCSI Target portal address management, which allows you to make iStorage Server to be able to work behind the firewall.
  • No restrictions on disk capacity, total number of hard disk installed, number of CPUs or CPU cores, and Ethernet ports or the amount of RAM.
  • Supports CDP/Snapshots, is compatible with Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Services) snapshot, volume cloning and incremental backups with unlimited number of rollback points.
  • Supports multiple connections per iSCSI session, which allows you to create Round Robin, Weighted Paths and so on.
  • Native supports for x86, x64 and Itanium machines.
  • Supports Thin provisioning.
  • Supports 64-bit LBA, providing more than 2TB of disk space.
  • Supports sparse image file on NTFS file system. It allows the size of disk image file only depend on its content used.
  • Supports any features on file system, such as in NTFS, a image file can be encrypted, compressed, or shared with other computers.
  • Supports a variety of popular CD/DVD image formats, such as: .iso, .bin, .mdf, .cdi, .b5i, .nrg, .ccd, .sub, .img, .raw.
  • Supports a variety of partition table format, such as the MBR, GPT.
  • Fully Supports SCSI-2 Reserve / Release.
  • Fully Supports SCSI-3 Persistent Reserve.
  • Fully conforms to the latest iSCSI Standard 1.0 (former Draft 20).

Pricing and Availability:
iStorage Server is available from KernSafe Technologies, ( or it’s resellers from North America, Europe and Asia etc. commercial prices range from $99.95 to $599.95, for more detail about the difference of feature covers of licenses, please see iStorage Server License Types.

About KernSafe Technologies, Inc.
KernSafe is the global leader in storage virtualization and data security solutions from the desktop to the data center. Customers of all sizes rely on KernSafe to protect data. KernSafe is dedicated to producing the highest quality software, and backing it up with outstanding customer support. KernSafe is one of the fastest-growing public software organizations, on the web at



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