Russia and Canada Grant “InfiniBand Over the WAN” Patents for Obsidian's Cloud Enabling Technology

Cloud means Big Data, and Big Data means Big Pipes!

RESTON, VA – July 20, 2012 – As worldwide data volumes continue to explode exponentially, data center architects are driven towards faster networking technologies drawn from the supercomputer world to keep apace. Obsidian Strategics is pleased to announce that its IP portfolio – providing the only means of extending such networks between data centers throughout the world – has recently been awarded patent protection in two more jurisdictions – Russia and Canada.

Responding to relentless demand driven by video content delivery, social networking and other Cloud Applications within Cloud Data Centers, many-core processors and flash arrays (SSDs) can now process and store ever larger quantities of data, but traditional networking technologies are not keeping up. Cloud players such as IBM (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) and others are aggressively adopting a networking technology called InfiniBand™ to re-balance Cloud Data Centers with much higher data movement speeds. Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) are the primary providers of InfiniBand Local Area Network (LAN) equipment.

InfiniBand is an open standard protocol, initially created to connect equipment within a supercomputer or data center. Obsidian Strategics developed technology for secure military applications - now embodied in its Longbow™ range of products – that seamlessly connects InfiniBand over global distances using standard optical networks, effectively creating an InfiniBand Wide Area Network (WAN). Longbows preserve InfiniBand's tremendous performance advantages, while maintaining transparency to the Cloud Applications and protecting data and infrastructure with high-grade encryption and authentication.

Obsidian has taken steps to protect this technology internationally for its partners and licensees with patents already let in the US, UK, Japan, Australia and Mexico. Now Obsidian is pleased to announce that Russia and Canada have been added, with remaining industrialized jurisdictions pending and imminent.

About Obsidian Strategics
Obsidian Strategics™ is the developer of Longbow™, a series of InfiniBand products featuring range extension, routing and encryption. Longbow technology allows an InfiniBand fabric, normally a short-range network used in high-performance computing, to be extended via optical fiber over varying distances. Longbow connects across Campus, Metro or Global networks to enable unparalleled real-time backup over long-distance, high-bandwidth video transmission and efficient movement of large data sets to compute and storage resources.