Obsidian Strategics joins IBM PartnerWorld

The move facilitates the study of stretched DB2 pureScale clusters using Longbow InfiniBand range extenders

RESTON, VA (November 2, 2010) - Obsidian Strategics, the makers of the Longbow™ InfiniBand range-extension, routing and encryption products, is pleased to announce that it has joined IBM's PartnerWorld program.

IBM was a major technology contributor to the open-standard InfiniBand specification in 1999, and today successfully deploys InfiniBand in numerous product lines, including its DB2 pureScale database server clusters. Obsidian's technology team has been working with InfiniBand since 2001, and today its Longbow family of products uniquely provide secure, low-latency and high-bandwidth InfiniBand links over standard optical wide area networks.

"It is exciting to watch InfiniBand flourish in data center applications, outside the realm of pure supercomputing applications", said Dr. David Southwell, Obsidian's CTO. "Obsidian's entry into IBM's PartnerWorld program opens the possibility of exploring compatibility and performance testing of DB2 pureScale configurations supporting Longbow-enhanced stretched cluster links over regional and metro area networks".

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.