INRANGE TECHNOLOGIES CORP

INRANGE TECHNOLOGIES CORP

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Company Overview
Inrange Technologies Corp. is a private company engaged in the manufacture of switching and networking products for storage and data networks. The company has its registered head office in Lumbertown, New Jersey, USA.
Inrange Technologies’ products include connections among networks of computers and related devices that allow customers to manage and expand large, complex storage networks efficiently, without geographic limitations. The company’s solutions solve the growing data storage challenges facing information technology (IT) organizations, while providing investment protection and a proven foundation for future growth.
Inrange Technologies distributes and supports its products through a combination of direct sales and service operations and indirect channels. The company operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Computer Network Technology Corp., which is also active in the provision of storage networking solutions.
Business Summary
Inrange Technologies Corp. designs, manufactures, markets and services switching and networking products for storage and data networks. The Company’s products provide connections among networks of computers and related devices, allowing customers to manage and expand large, complex storage networks efficiently, without geographic limitations. Inrange’s solutions solve the growing data storage challenges facing information technology (IT) organizations, while providing investment protection and a proven foundation for future growth.
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Inrange Technologies Corp. designs, manufactures, markets and services switching and networking products for storage and data networks. The Company’s products provide connections among networks of computers and related devices, allowing customers to manage and expand large, complex storage networks efficiently, without geographic limitations. It serves Fortune 1000 businesses and other large enterprises that operate large-scale systems where reliability and continuous availability are critical. Inrange’s solutions solve the growing data storage challenges facing information technology (IT) organizations, while providing investment protection and a proven foundation for future growth.

The Company’s flagship product, the FC/9000, is the most scalable storage networking director-class switch available for storage area networks (SANs). With an ability for customers to upgrade and scale to 256 ports without disrupting existing systems, the FC/9000 provides a platform from which enterprises can build storage networks that can be used in systems where reliability and continuous availability are critical. The Company’s products are designed to be compatible with various vendors’ products and multiple communication standards and protocols. Inrange distributes and supports its products through a combination of direct sales and service operations and indirect channels.

IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director

Data is transported across SANs using two communications protocols, Fibre Channel and FICON. Fibre Channel is used to package data and transport it in a SAN environment from the application servers to storage disk arrays. FICON, which is based on Fibre Channel, is an IBM-proprietary protocol for transporting data from server to storage in a mainframe computing application.

The FC/9000 director is engineered with several key competitive advantages for both Fibre Channel and FICON environments that include scalability, high availability, non-blocking performance, interoperability and investment protection. The FC/9000 has significantly more port capacity or bandwidth than other directors, providing users with the ability to expand the core of their Fibre Channel and FICON storage networks to 256 ports without disruption or a reduction in performance.

Given the mission-critical nature of data in a SAN environment, a key to the customer’s successful SAN implementation is constant access to the data. Enterprise customers need assurance that their networks will not be disrupted by hardware and software upgrades or the failure of any single component of the director. The FC/9000 has been designed with fully redundant architecture, so that the potential for failure of any key components will not cause the customer to lose access to data, as well as the ability to perform hardware and software upgrades while the unit is operating.

To improve transport speed through a SAN, data needs to reach its destination (the storage device or the server) without interference or delay within the switch fabric, regardless of the number of ports or the amount of traffic flowing through the switch. The Inrange switching fabric has been designed to allow fully non-blocking performance on all FC/9000 port configurations.

Enterprise customers also require the components of their various SANs to operate together, even if those components are from other vendors. Inrange FC/9000 directors have passed compliance testing for E Port interoperability as part of the Fibre Channel Industry Association’s (FCIA) new SANmark Qualified Program, giving customers assurance that the Inrange products they install will operate in heterogeneous SANs with hardware supplied by competitors. Recognizing that its customers have limited capital resources, the Company designed its products to be scaled and upgraded without making a customer’s existing investment obsolete.

9801 and 9811 Storage Networking Systems

The Inrange 9801 and 9811 storage networking systems allow an IT organization to transmit data over thousands of miles between multiple locations over multiple interfaces. Competitive advantages of the 9801 and 9811 systems include intelligent load sharing, which distributes data across all available bandwidth, dynamically allocating data to the link with the greatest bandwidth and automatically redirecting data transmission over an alternative path upon failure of a link; compression technology, which enables customers to cut overall network cost by automatically condensing data before it is transmitted, reducing the amount of bandwidth used and decreasing latency, and modularity, which also offers investment protection for the Company’s customers, providing a single footprint to migrate their current requirements into larger channel count configurations.

8200 Channel Extension System

The 8200 is a channel extension system that utilizes advanced emulation and communication techniques to enable devices to be remotely located from their processors. A mainframe can be located thousands of miles away from the device to which it is sending data. Pertinent applications for the 8200 include check imaging and processing, remote printing, electronic tape vaulting (ETV), disaster recovery, data migration and remote storage replication.

2700 Switching Platform

The 2700 Platform is a test access and connectivity management solution that is ideally suited for service level management of systems network architecture, Internet protocol and frame relay networks. The 2700 insures availability of network resources while providing the flexibility required to accommodate the constantly changing environments network managers experience. Scalability to 24,000 ports of connectivity is available, as well as a rich feature set, including full-time circuit monitoring and alarming, cable consolidation, interface conversion and distance extension.

OEM and Resold Products

In order to maximize the utilization of the Inrange sales and service force, and to provide a complete toolkit of data connectivity solutions to the enterprise customers it serves, the Company also distributes and services certain products manufactured by its business partners. Spectrum optical networking solutions deliver full bandwidth for metropolitan storage networking, local area network (LAN) extension and open systems, among others. The Spectrum family of products, manufactured by Adva Optical Networking, enables data associated with data mirroring, data back-up and recovery, video applications, data mining and other applications to be transported over high-speed fiber-optic lines.

The FC/9000 one- and two-Gigabytes-per-second edge switches are entry points to the switched storage environment with up to 16 self-configuring ports. The FC16-2 and the SANbox 8 and 16 are edge or departmental switches that include such features as the data stream facility (a requirement for tape back-up applications), public and private loop support, port auto discovery and a browser-based SAN management system. With these products, the Company supports applications such as back-up/restore, connectivity of SAN islands and server consolidation.

Consulting Services and Product Support

Inrange’s global services and support organization provides a variety of network consulting services, product maintenance and technology support. In connection with product sales, the Company offers on-site field service coupled with help desk services; improved serviceability through remote diagnostics; SAN assessment, design and implementation; data center audit and fiber infrastructure services, and disaster recovery and business continuance assessment, planning and implementation.

The Company competes against Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems Inc., McDATA Corporation and QLogic Corporation. In SAN Extension and Channel Extension products, the Company competes with numerous other companies, including Akara Corporation, Ciena, Cisco, Computer Networking Technologies, Inc., LightSANd, Lucent Technologies, Nishan Systems, Nortel, SAN Castle and SAN Valley.

Business Line
Engaged in the manufacture of switching and networking products for storage and data networks
Subsidiary

Advisor
DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
IPO date
9/2000
US SIC Code
3663
Company Address
P.O. Box 440
100, Mt. Holly By-Pass
City province or state postal code
08048, LUMBERTOWN, NJ
Phone: +1 609 518 4000
Fax: +1 609 518 4400
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.inrange.com