Agilent Technologies demonstrates iSCSI interoperability with IBM's IP 200i appliance

Industry leaders take important first step to establish new storage networking standard

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2001


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it has successfully demonstrated iSCSI (Internet protocol small computer system interface) interoperability with IBM's IP 200i Appliance. Interoperability tests were conducted at the First International iSCSI Plugfest, recently held at the University of New Hampshire's iSCSI Interoperability Laboratory. The event was co-sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association IP Storage Forum.

Hardware and software interoperability is a key requirement for interconnecting storage area networks (SANs) across heterogeneous environments. Moreover, multivendor iSCSI interoperability and standards conformance are the critical first steps toward realizing the goal of providing companies with a cost-effective storage networking solution that is easy to install, manage and service. The iSCSI protocol enables block level data to be accessed anywhere within an IP/Ethernet network.

Agilent and IBM demonstrated the interoperability of their respective iSCSI protocol code that conformed to the Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF) iSCSI Specification Draft Version 0.6, Target and Initiator Reference Implementations. The tests confirmed that both companies' iSCSI technology successfully operated in both directions -- from server to storage and from storage to server. The final ratification of the iSCSI protocol standard is due by the end of this year.

"Demonstrating iSCSI interoperability with IBM's storage technology places Agilent among the industry leaders in driving the adoption of iSCSI for storage networking applications," said Lisa Brown, business unit manager for Agilent's Storage Networking Division. "We will continue to participate with industry interoperability testing efforts and the IETF standards committee to ensure Agilent's iSCSI controllers, host bus adapters and fiber optics not only meet but exceed the industry standard for interoperability, performance and reliability."

"We are pleased to have successfully demonstrated iSCSI protocol interoperability with Agilent's iSCSI code," said Paul Mattson, iSCSI brand manager for IBM. "As a leading provider of storage area networking solutions, IBM plans to work closely with vendors such as Agilent to develop, test and deploy a range of high-performance iSCSI SAN storage subsystem products."

Agilent Storage Networking Solutions

Agilent is a leading supplier of 1 and 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel solutions for the high-performance, enterprise-class SAN market. Agilent provides integrated HBA solutions as well as industry-leading Tachyon Fibre Channel protocol chips, fiber optics, high-speed serializer/deserializer (SerDes), and port bypass ICs. Agilent has also shown early demonstrations of IP-SAN (iSCSI) and Infiniband technologies. For more information visit www.agilent.com/view/storage.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 43,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $9.4 billion in fiscal year 2000, as restated to reflect the sale of its healthcare business. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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