SNS Offers Free iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X

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St. Louis, Missouri, March 13, 2007 – Studio Network Solutions (SNS), a premier developer and worldwide solutions provider of optimized audio/video shared storage products, today announced that it has advanced the state of the storage industry by making an iSCSI initiator for Mac OS X available at no cost to the user.

iSCSI is a network protocol standard that enables the transport of block-level I/O over TCP/IP. When deployed over a Gigabit or 10-Gigabit Ethernet network, an iSCSI-based storage area network (SAN) can rival the performance of a Fibre Channel SAN, while costing far less to implement.

In an iSCSI SAN, an initiator is needed for each computer that requires access to the networked storage. Although an initiator is freely available for most major operating systems, an iSCSI initiator is not shipped with Apple’s Mac OS X. Studio Network Solutions is pleased to announce that version 3.0 of its globalSAN™ iSCSI initiator for Mac OS X is now available for download from the company’s website.

“We’ve been shipping our Mac initiator with our SANmp® sharing software and globalSAN line of shared storage systems since 2004,” stated Eric Newbauer, Director of Operations for Studio Network Solutions. “We’ve focused on optimizing our iSCSI products so that they perform very well under conditions where you’d normally expect to need a Fibre Channel SAN. For example, our customers are using our products with professional audio and video editing software like Avid, Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro – these applications are extremely dependent on high throughput and low latency.”

Version 3.0 of the globalSAN iSCSI initiator for OS X is a Universal Application, for Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. The initiator supports CHAP, persistent targets, SLPv2 and Multiple Connections per Session. This publicly available version is not a timed evaluation or feature-locked – it is being offered for download to any end-user who would like to take advantage of iSCSI in an OS X-only, or a mixed operating system SAN environment.

SNS will be demonstrating its latest iSCSI and Fibre Channel products at the upcoming NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas, April 14-19, location SL4830. To learn more and to download the initiator, visit

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.