Portland, ORE. — The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced that Agilent Technologies Inc., Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and EMC Corporation have been elected as Sponsoring Members of the Trade Association. These three companies join current Sponsoring Member companies: 3Com, Adaptec, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, Lucent Technologies, NEC and Nortel Networks.
“The addition of three storage industry leaders to the Sponsoring Membership roster underscores the growing industry commitment and momentum for the InfiniBand Architecture.” Said Tom Macdonald, co-chair of the InfiniBand Trade Association, “The InfiniBand Trade Association has brought leaders from the server, networking, and storage segments together to the next generation server input/output interconnect for the industry.”
“Agilent, Brocade, and EMC have been important contributors to the InfiniBand Trade Association, and we are pleased by their support and commitment to InfiniBand Architecture.” said Tom Bradicich, co-Chair of the InfiniBand Trade Association, “As Sponsoring Members, their storage expertise will bring added strength to the IBTA. We are pleased to welcome EMC, Brocade, and Agilent as Sponsoring Members of the InfiniBand Trade Association.”
All three companies have long been innovators in Enterprise technology. Agilent Technologies, an early promoter of InfiniBand Technology, debuted a prototype InfiniBand-to-Fibre Channel Router in August of this year. Brocade Communications Systems is the leading supplier of Storage Area Networking infrastructure. For the past 10 years EMC Corporation has been one of the worlds largest suppliers of information storage infrastructures.
The announcement of the three new Sponsoring Members follows the recent launch of the InfiniBand 1.0 specification at the Trade Association’s most recent conference attended by over 650 developers.
The InfiniBand Trade Association’s Steering Committee is responsible for the election of Sponsoring Members. The seven Steering Committee companies are Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
Started in August 1999, the InfiniBand Trade Association is made up of over 200 companies from every segment of the industry. On October 24, the Trade Association announced the finalization of the InfiniBand Architecture1.0 specification. This specification is publicly available for purchase and download from the Trade Association Website: http://www.infinibandta.org . The InfiniBand Trade Association is comprised of eight special workgroups, each with its own charter and area of expertise. The workgroups include: Marketing, Technical, Applications, Compliance and Interoperability, ElectroMechanical, Link, Management, and Software.