Red Hat and CrosStor Agreement Brings CrosStor's Network-Attached Storage Software to Red Hat eCos


United States, August 16, 2000

Red Hat, Inc., the leader in open-source internet infrastructure, and CrosStor Software, Inc. today announced a strategic agreement surrounding CrosStor's network-attached storage software (CrosStor NAS) and eCos(tm), Red Hat's open source real-time operating system (RTOS). CrosStor will port its CrosStor NAS software to Red Hat eCos. This partnership will enable CrosStor's NAS customers to capitalize on Red Hat's POSIX-compatible EL/IX interface.

"CrosStor is a leader in network-attached storage software that is revolutionizing storage performance," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, Inc. "This agreement is significant because it speeds time to market for OEMs and storage vendors, and brings higher performance and high availability to our customers building NAS solutions."

"CrosStor is embracing the open-source movement to provide our customers with an underlying runtime solution that takes advantage of eCos and its highly configurable architecture," said Gordon Harris, Vice President of R&D and CTO of CrosStor. "By both companies working together strategically, our customers can expect a rich and continually expanding set of open source runtime solutions and development tools, and the benefits of a platform that offers application compatibility with Linux."

One of the key technological innovations of eCos is the degree to which it is configurable. eCos has well over 200 points of configuration, which allows eCos to meet the requirements of a wide variety of embedded applications. The full eCos sources are freely available at For further product information, please go to

Complementing Red Hat's complete runtime solutions-- eCos, embedded Linux and EL/IX compatibility layer-- are a full suite of GNUPro embedded development tools, which are the de facto standard for build-time solutions in the embedded system industry.

"Strong development tools improve time-to-market and allow OEMs to focus resources on innovative, value-added features that will distinguish their NAS solutions from those of competitors," stated Gene Beinert, Senior Product Manager, CrosStor NAS. "The quality of Red Hat GNUPro development tools is very high for eCos as it is for Linux, making eCos an excellent choice for the high growth, fast-paced storage industry."

About CrosStor
CrosStor provides the intelligence behind serverless storage. CrosStor's OEM software helps hardware manufacturers build products, including NAS and intelligent SAN devices, to meet the increasing demand for mission-critical, high-performance storage appliances that are independent of enterprise servers. With enterprise storage requirements doubling yearly, OEMs use CrosStor's modular, storage-centric operating system to rapidly create customized, high-availability storage solutions and speed time to market. CrosStor was founded in 1990 by former Bell Labs engineers and is privately held. The company is headquartered in South Plainfield, NJ and can be contacted at 908-226-0100. CrosStor NAS® and CrosStor SAN® are trademarks of CrosStor Software, Inc.

About eCos
eCos is designed to be portable to a wide range of target architectures and target platforms including 16, 32, and 64 bit architectures, MPUs, MCUs and DSPs. The eCos kernel, libraries and runtime components are layered on the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), and thus will run on any target once the HAL and relevant device drivers have been ported to the target's processor architecture and board. Currently eCos supports seven different target architectures (ARM, Hitachi SH3, Intel x86, MIPS, Matsushita AM3x, PowerPC and SPARC) including many of the popular variants of these architectures and evaluation boards. Many new ports are in development and will be released as they become available.

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