Recent announcements from:

Posted on January 28, 2009

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-- STEC has racked up another design win for its Fibre Channel-based Zeus-IOPS solid-state disk (SSD) drives with the announcement that Hitachi will integrate the flashed-based SSDs into its high-end disk arrays. STEC already has OEM relationships for its SSDs with EMC, Sun and other vendors.

-- Overland Storage has formed a Solution Engineering Group to partner with third parties on data protection platforms for the company's channel partners. According to Overland CEO Vern LoForti, the group will initially focus on the video surveillance market and business continuity solutions. As an example of the new program, Overland has a strategic alliance with IP camera provider Mobotix Vision Systems to bundle Overland's Snap Server NAS devices with Motobotix's cameras for VARs in the video surveillance space.

-- QLogic announced qualification of its 8/4/2Gbps Fibre Channel, 1GbE iSCSI and 10Gbps EE converged network adapters (CNAs) with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. QLogic's Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) CNA technology is included in the latest distribution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3.

-- Storage vendors are reacting to the economic climate. In response to increased demand for flexible financing options, Spectra Logic has introduced Spectra Logic Financial Services, a leasing program to assist customers with limited budgets or uncertain data growth projections. As a result, all of Spectra Logic's tape and disk storage products and media are now available for lease with up to 100% financing and flexible payment timetables.

-- Alacritech is cutting list prices for its copper and Fibre PCI-X and PCIe Gigabit Ethernet products by up to 50% under a new incentive program. Alacritech's Storage Network Accelerator (SNA) cards offload the TCP processing burden from processors to increase server performance. The SNAs are designed to increase both file and block transport while achieving system scalability. The cards are sold and distributed through OEMs, distributors and resellers throughout the U.S.

-- Enhance Technology's UltraStor RS8 IP and RS16 IP Series iSCSI storage arrays have passed VMware's certification program for VMware ESX Server 3.5. The UltraStor RS8 IP-4 and RS16 IP-4 iSCSI SAN arrays feature the Intel IOP platform with quad channel GbE iSCSI ports and throughput of up to 400MBps with support both SAS and SATA drives.

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