Business Briefs

Posted on May 01, 2001


Eurologic Systems announced that Vixel has joined its LINK Alliance Program, whereby the companies are cooperating to enable users of storage-critical applications to implement pre-tested interoperable storage configurations across a storage area network.

QLogic and Inrange Technologies announced a long-term agreement that bolsters the companies' capabilities to deliver end-to-end storage networking solutions and provides enhanced service and support levels to customers and partners. The partnership leverages QLogic's expertise in Fibre Channel component design with Inrange's experience in software and large-scale switching technology.

Prisa Networks announced that its VisualSAN suite of products has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems as interoperable with Brocade-based storage area network infrastructure in testing conducted through the Brocade Fabric Aware Program. Separately, Chaparral Network Storage also announced that its FS1310 and FS2620 Fibre Channel storage routers have been verified via the Brocade Fabric Aware Program.

Computer Associates has an-nounced the availability of a beta program for a new enterprise data protection offering for Unix and Windows NT/2000 environments. Dubbed Cheetah, the solution is designed to deliver and increase the performance, scalability, administration, and manageability necessary for e-business.

SwapDrive announced that International Design and Construction Online, an e-business portal for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, has signed a three-year contract. As per the agreement, will offer SwapDrive's Web-based file storage, viewing, sharing, and redlining capabilities to its members, including professionals with the AEC community.

Quantum's DLTtape Group has begun shipping DLT1 drives to its resellers and distributors. The drive offers a 40GB native/80GB compressed capacity and 3MBps native/ 6MBps compressed transfer rate. It is backward-read compatible with the DLTtape 4000 drive and works with most backup software packages. Separately, Quantum/ATL announced that Quadratec's Time Navigator enterprise backup and restore solution is fully certified with its native Gigabit Ethernet P2000 and P3000 Series libraries.

Auspex Systems and ProactiveNet announced a strategic relationship that will allow ProactiveNet's e-business performance management software to be integrated with Auspex file servers, thereby expanding the list of discrete components that ProactiveNet is capable of viewing as it monitors the transaction delivery chain.

OTG Software is now a strategic partner in BMC Software's Application-Centric Storage Management (ACSM) Consortium, a partner program that provides a competitive edge and additional avenues to members for market development, customer services, and market expansion. Separately, QLogic has signed a letter of intent with BMC Software to deliver enhanced storage resource management offerings for QLogic's end-to-end storage area network (SAN) infrastructure products. QLogic has also been named a charter member of the ACSM Consortium.

EMC has acquired FilePool NV, a venture-backed software development company based near Brussels, Belgium, in a cash transaction valued at less than $50 million.

Network Storage Solutions has certified that its Thunderbolt network-attached storage solutions support a 1.8TB storage capacity in a 3U rack-mount unit. The company had been shipping a maximum of 730GB in a comparable space for more than a year.

Dell expanded the capabilities of its PowerVault storage area network to include support for non-Dell industry-standard servers. With support for many Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 Intel-based platforms, Dell can now offer customers a storage solution that leverages their existing Windows server investments while accommodating their growing data requirements.

Imperial Technology's MegaRam family of storage accelerators is now available for purchase online through SolutionsSite, a Sun-authorized Website for third-party hardware, software, and services. Other Sun-certified third-party vendors, including Fujitsu, Lexmark, and Ricoh, offer Sun-compatible solutions through SolutionsSite's Website at

CommVault Systems has announced the official launch of its U.K. operations to revolutionize the way that businesses approach storage management solutions. CommVault now has offices in nine U.S. cities, with wholly owned subsidiaries in Canada and Europe. Separately, CommVault announced the general availability of its Galaxy Version 3.1 next-generation data and storage management offering.

MTI Technology is now offering Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel fabric switches to provide the storage networking infrastructure for the MTI Vivant enterprise storage server product line. As such, the company has expanded the connectivity options available for use with its integrated storage area network and network-attached storage technologies.

Brocade Communications Systems and Computer Associates are expanding their partnership to deliver enhanced storage management solutions for Brocade-based storage area networks (SANs). The companies have been working together to enhance interoperability between Brocade SAN infrastructure and CA's open storage management and data protection offerings.

GE Access announced an agreement with JNI, whereby GE Access will offer its resellers JNI's full line of FibreStar host bus adapters, which are compatible with SBus and Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) interfaces. The products can be used in a wide variety of network environments and operating systems.

Cisco has qualified TidalWire to resell its Cisco SN 5420 storage router, which will enable TidalWire customers to preserve their investment in Fibre Channel storage area networks while adding the robustness and benefits of wide-area IP networking.

BakBone Software and Seagate Removable Storage Solutions have announced an OEM software bundle, whereby Seagate will bundle a copy of BakBone's NetVault backup/restore software with its Viper 200 Ultrium tape drive and Viper 2000 autoloader. The bundle will be available in the first half of this year through Seagate's network of value-added resellers and distributors or on the Internet via

Quantum/ATL, a unit of Quantum's DLT and Storage Systems Group, and Emulex announced that Emulex's LightPulse LP8000S SBus Fibre Channel host bus adapter has been awarded certification of interoperability with Quantum/ATL's storage area network (SAN) offerings for Sun Solaris environments.

The SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced that its Ultra320 Website is operational (see and click Ultra320). The trademark licensing program, a white paper, and an FAQ section are included. In addition, when STA member companies and non-member SCSI vendors make Ultra320 SCSI offerings available to the market, the products will be listed in the product section of the STA Website.

Data Systems International is constructing a storage area network (SAN) demonstration center at its headquarters in the Kansas City, KS, metropolitan area. It will feature hardware and software components needed to implement and configure a SAN data- sharing system.

LSI Logic Storage Systems has received the SANmark Qualified mark for its E4400 and E2400 scalable enterprise-class Fibre Channel systems. The SANmark program, developed by the Fibre Channel Industry Association, requires a product to pass a series of tests designed to ensure adherence to FC standards.

SANavigator has signed three new high-end integrators-Maryville Technologies (St. Louis, MO), Nth Generation Com-puting (San Diego, CA), and SanOne (Phoenix, AZ)-which will offer the company's vendor- and platform-independent storage area network (SAN) management application SANavigator in SAN installations.

Imperial Technology announced a strategic relationship with Absolute Performance to provide Imperial's customers with proactive performance measurement software to detect and alert users to debilitating I/O bottlenecks.

Sun Microsystems has completed a deal to buy Marlborough, MA-based HighGround Systems, a developer of storage resource management software. Sun will issue up to 10 million shares of common stock in exchange for all stock of HighGround and to cover its outstanding warrants and options. As a result of the acquisition, HighGround becomes a unit of Sun's Network Storage division, which will use HighGround software to broaden its own software for complex storage networks.

Trace Affex has signed an agreement to acquire specific assets of Cygnet Storage Solutions. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture, support, and market certain Cygnet-branded products. The acquisition includes intellectual property, manufacturing processes, and assumption of customer contractual relationships.

Northbrook, IL-based Ikadega, a recent start-up and provider of rich media content and data storage and delivery offerings, has secured $8 million in its first institutional round of funding, bringing the total to $15 million. Led by Kettle Partners, other investors include BlueStar Ventures, Leo Capital Holdings, and OCA Ventures.

QLogic has signed an agreement with Tech Data to sell QLogic's 8- and 16-port SANbox Fibre Channel switches through the distributor's resellers and systems integrators in the U.S., Canada, and South America.

Maxtor and Iomega are partnering to release a new line of network-attached storage (NAS) servers that incorporates Windows 2000 technology. Dubbed Iomega DataSafe, the server combines Maxtor's NAS technology with Iomega's QuikSync software to offer centralized storage for an acquisition cost as low as $0.016 per megabyte. Iomega expects to ship DataSafe NAS servers in Q2 2001. DataSafe 320GB and 160BG servers will be priced at $4,999 and $3,999, respectively.

InFlow has secured $75 million in debt financing from the Bank of Montreal, GE Capital Telecom, and First Union National Bank. The funding will be used for continued investment in the company's 18 operational IDCs and to develop news services to help e-commerce companies execute their business objectives.

Advanced Digital Information (ADIC) has been included in the America's Fastest Growing Companies Index by the Individual Investor Group, publisher of Individual Investor magazine. The index lists the top 500 American companies with market values of $100 million to $2 billion.


In the article "EMC strengthens Clariion family," (see InfoStor, March 2001, p. 10), the incorrect dollar amount was entered for sales of Clariion products. In fact, these sales accounted for $592 million of EMC's total revenue last year.

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