New Coraid Resurrects Network Storage Virtualizer VSX

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Athens, Ga.—Wed. 21 June 2017—In early 2013, senior management at now-defunct Coraid, Inc. canceled the EtherDrive VSX, much to the dismay of both users and inventor Brantley Coile. Over four years later, Coile and the new owner of the VSX technology announce that they are resurrecting the VSX Ethernet storage virtualizer, complete with new hardware.

“People still use the VSX,’’ Coile said, referring to customers of his new company, SouthSuite, Inc. ”We are supporting them and want to give them a newer, updated version.’’

The Coraid EtherDrive VSX is a fault-tolerant appliance that allows for virtualized ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) targets. It supports snapshots, remote copying of snapshots, clones, thin provisioning, and mirroring for Coraid EtherDrive SRX LUNs. “You can create tiny, individual logical volumes or aggregate them into a large volume,” said Coile.

A 1U, diskless chassis, the h11, will be added to the Coraid EtherDrive h-Series. Like all new hardware models in the h-Series, the h11 is a custom configuration of commodity hardware. Dual h11s can be configured for failover protection.

After Coraid, Inc.’s demise and subsequent foreclosure, Coile was later offered the opportunity to purchase the final versions of the SRX and VSX intellectual property he had created years before. Through his new company, SouthSuite, Inc., he gained control of the Coraid EtherDrive technology and began again what he had not been able to do for years—work on developing the code for current and new customers. The next year SouthSuite acquired the Coraid domain and trademark as well.

Coile said bringing back the VSX, a product he thought should never have been canceled in the first place, is an especially good feeling. "I want to treat people the way I want to be treated. Finding out a product I have in deployment is canceled is never a good feeling,’’ Coile said.

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