SAN Valley Systems Announces SL-1000 IP-SAN Gateway

SAN Valley Systems announced today the general availability of the SAN Valley SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway and associated SVS Management System. With four full-duplex, wire-speed channels and a list price under $30,000, the SL1000 leads the industry in functionality and price/performance for connecting Storage Area Networks (SANs).

The 8-port SL1000 provides high-throughput Fibre Channel to Internet Protocol (FCIP) encapsulation supporting Quality of Service (QoS), traffic shaping and flow control services. SAN Valley uses patent-pending algorithms to enable connectivity with wire-speed performance across distances of up to 500 km and significantly greater reach at lower speeds. A one-rack-unit product, the SL1000 delivers seamless connectivity of Fibre Channel SAN resources across metropolitan and wide area networks (MAN/WAN) and is designed to be fully interoperable with leading storage and networking vendors.

The SVS Management System provides a comprehensive, centralized resource to manage provisioning, operation and performance of remote SAN connectivity. Using SNMP, the Management System provides control of configuration, event, fault and performance parameters across the network. These capabilities enable network administrators to proactively monitor network performance and manage service level agreements. In addition, the application integrates with widely used management platforms such as Computer Associates(TM) Unicenter, Tivoli(R) NetView(R) and HP OpenView. The list price of the SVS Management System is $995.

SAN Valley technology enables customers to utilize Internet Protocol (IP) networks or MAN/WAN optical networks to connect SAN resources for rapid deployment of remote storage applications such as backup and disaster recovery. The company’s technology enables its partners to offer end-to-end storage networking solutions to their customers. SAN Valley products leverage existing Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures to minimize customer costs and maximize return on investments.

Approximately 20 companies have tested the SL1000 extensively over the past 6 months for compatibility, reliability and performance in storage applications over a wide range of equipment, networking architectures and traffic loads, substantiating the product’s interoperability and viability in the enterprise, service provider and carrier environments.

“Marrying the SL1000 with our MultiFlow(TM) 5000 family of switches allows users to implement multiple Fibre Channel SAN and Gigabit Ethernet LAN connections over a single 80 km fiber or WDM wavelength, taking advantage of Anritsu’s optimized OC-48 IP transport,” said Mike Arredondo, director of Anritsu Company’s Network Solutions Division. “We have conducted extensive interoperability testing with SAN Valley to establish the reliability and performance of this solution, and are looking forward to seeing it deployed among users in the rapidly growing MAN/WAN storage networking market.”

President and CEO of SAN Valley Systems Bob Coackley said, “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the SL1000. We have the best cost-to-performance ratio in the business, which is a major benefit to our enterprise customers and channel partners. And, as we transition from product development to actively marketing and selling the SL1000, the strength of these relationships substantiates our business model and is an indicator of our future success.”

“The need for companies to get maximum value from their networked storage has never been more apparent,” said Michael Karp, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates, a leading industry analysis firm based in Boulder, CO. “Customers have long-since tired of being their own integrators and now demand solutions that have been proven in multiple environments. When a vendor commits to vigorous interoperability and reliability testing in real-world settings, customers can have greater assurance that their next choice will be a secure one.”

Within the next few weeks, the company expects to announce agreements with companies in multiple distribution channels. SAN Valley is working with systems integrators, networking equipment providers and OEM partners to enable worldwide availability for its products.

“Maximizing our channel opportunities is just one way SAN Valley is showing its commitment to customer satisfaction,” said Peter Jordan, vice president of sales at SAN Valley. “Making it easy to do business with us is of utmost importance, and we have the sales, support and training resources in place to realize that objective.”

About SAN Valley Systems

SAN Valley Systems delivers high-performance IP-SAN connectivity solutions into enterprise, service provider and carrier markets worldwide. SAN Valley develops and markets networking solutions that connect storage resources across IP and Optical networks. SAN Valley’s next-generation, IP-Storage products deliver powerful, high-performance connectivity that address common storage challenges encountered by today’s enterprise and service provider customers. SAN Valley’s products interoperate with best-of-breed networking, SAN and optical technologies to provide end-to-end storage networking solutions. The company’s products provide investment protection by reducing the cost and complexity of deploying and managing mission-critical storage services.

SAN Valley Systems, based in Campbell, Calif., is a privately held company with funding from Moore Capital, Upstart Capital, Vertex Management, Innovacom Venture Capital, Agilent Technologies and Cisco Systems. More information about SAN Valley can be found at