Jeda Networks piqued attendees' interest at this year's Interop with the launch of its Fabric Network Controller (FNC), a software-based controller Jeda is touting as the industry's first to create high-performance storage networks over high-speed Ethernet fabrics.
FNC software works by residing in the network as a virtual machine, and then decoupling or extracting the storage networking control plane from the physical network hardware. According to Jeda, the "storage network overlay" provided by FNC can transform Ethernet fabric into a highly scalable storage networking fabric, and ultimately make that fabric much easier to manage and less resource-hungry.
Jeda said FNC can be installed as a virtual appliance for VMware ESX. The product will ship in an Early Ship Program beginning this month, with general availability slated for this summer.