Patent Number: 6,763,419

Title: Storage router and method for providing virtual local storage

Abstract: A storage router (56) and storage network (50) provide virtual local storage on remote SCSI storage devices (60, 62, 64) to Fiber Channel devices. A plurality of Fiber Channel devices, such as workstations (58), are connected to a Fiber Channel transport medium (52), and a plurality of SCSI storage devices (60, 62, 64) are connected to a SCSI bus transport medium (54). The storage router (56) interfaces between the Fiber Channel transport medium (52) and the SCSI bus transport medium (54). The storage router (56) maps between the workstations (58) and the SCSI storage devices (60, 62, 64) and implements access controls for storage space on the SCSI storage devices (60, 62, 64). The storage router (56) then allows access from the workstations (58) to the SCSI storage devices (60, 62, 64) using native low level, block protocol in accordance with the mapping and the access controls.

Inventors: Hoese; Geoffrey B. (Austin, TX), Russell; Jeffry T. (Cibolo, TX)

Assignee: Crossroads Systems, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 13/40 (20060101); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/13/2021