Business Briefs

Posted on July 01, 2001


The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has established an extension in Europe, thereby expanding its international presence. The SNIA European Forum elected officers and recently held its first meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The forum will develop educational and marketing programs to promote the use of storage networking solutions among vendors, developers, integrators, and IT professionals.

Storage Access Technologies has entered into an agreement with Telseon to develop and deploy 14 virtual storage network access points (SNAPs) in New York City. These SNAPs will enable Storage Access to offer managed storage services to NYC customers not only from its New York data center but also from 14 additional service provider facilities in the area.

Tivoli, an IBM company, and Gresham Computer plc in London have entered into a global distribution agreement to enable enterprise customers to maximize storage area networking (SAN) backup efficiency. Tivoli will market and sell Gresham's Extended Data Technology DistribuTAPE software to its customer base to complement its Storage Management suite of programs.

Winchester Systems has become a FalconStor Strategic Solution Provider. As such, Winchester will resell and implement FalconStor's IPStor solution with its high-performance FlashDisk OpenRAID disk arrays and backup solutions.

StorageTek will incorporate Benchmark Storage Innovations' ValuSmart Tape DLT1 tape drive into its L-20 and L-40 series of tape libraries. Integration of the ValuSmart Tape DLT1 on the L-80 library is scheduled for the future.

BMC Software and VIEO are partnering to target the growing InfiniBand industry. As a result of the relationship, BMC will deliver a PATROL-based management component that uses VIEO's FabricView to access InfiniBand fabric elements. Also, VIEO has joined BMC's recently launched Application-centric Storage Management Consortium partner program.

StorageWay announced the second generation of its liquid architecture that was first unveiled last year. StorageWay's storage service, as originally introduced, permits enterprises to transparently and securely share a storage infrastructure delivered as a pay-as-you-grow service. The next-generation technology enables virtual use of advanced storage applications previously unavailable in a shared storage utility environment.

KOM Networks and SanOne announced a formal partnership, whereby SanOne will integrate KOM's StealthWorx software with its DAM (dynamic allocation manager) storage system.

Xiotech has signed a reseller agreement with QLogic to offer QLogic's host bus adapter high-availability software package-part of the QLogic Management Suite-to its customers. The software enables storage area network users to maximize data and application availability in Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Novell NetWare environments.

ECCS has introduced its Synchronism enterprise class storage management system, which aggregates, virtualizes, and manages diverse storage resources and provisions them over IP. The system unifies storage area network and network-attached storage and gives IT departments greater control of their critical data.

Chaparral Network Storage's 2Gbps A8526 RAID controller is now interoperable with QLogic's SANblade 2300 Series 2Gbps host bus adapters. According to the companies, the controller is the first to be verified in QLogic's SANtrack interoperability test labs.

sanrise has opened its London office to serve its customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

W. Quinn Associates announced the opening of W. Quinn Associates Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, near Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. According to W. Quinn, it is the first storage resource management company to have a local presence in the region. Although this announcement marks the official opening of this office, the company has been in operation since March 2001. This office is the fourth that W. Quinn has opened outside the U.S. this year, the others being in France, Germany, and Australia.

KOM Networks and StoreAge Networking Technologies will work together to bring a complete storage virtualization offering to the marketplace. The alliance includes technical development and marketing initiatives focused on integrating StealthWorx software with StoreAge's SVM (storage virtualization manager).

Arrow Electronics' North American Computer Products (NACP) group announced an agreement with EMC, whereby Arrow NACP will now offer EMC's information storage systems, software, and services, including its family of CLARiiON network-attached storage and storage area network systems. Separately, Quadratec is participating in EMC's E-Infostructure Developers Program, which will enable Quadratec to offer integrations based on Time Navigator, its backup-and-restore solution, and EMC's Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and software. As a part of the program, Quadratec has access to EMC's application programming interfaces.

TidalWire and Troika Networks have signed a major fulfillment agreement, whereby TidalWire will become a leading distributor of Troika's Zentai controllers and bundled storage area network management software solutions. The agreement also includes provisions for distribution of and support for Troika's optional software solutions such as Path Command Plus and SAN Command Enterprise. Separately, Tidal Wire completed its spin-off from Akibia to focus on building core competencies, strategic investments, and independent infrastructures for growth.

Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Seagate Removable Storage Solutions announced that HP has successfully completed the Ultrium compliance verification testing process for the HP SureStore Ultrium 215 half-height tape drive. The Ultrium format is based on technology provided by the three companies.

NSI Software has opened its Boston office at 257 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA. The new location will improve the company's ability to help New England companies prepare for the possibility of electricity shortages and rolling blackouts already experienced by California.

ManagedStorage International will design, implement, and operate all outsourced storage services offerings of TeleCity plc, a European provider of data-center services. According to company claims, this is the first comprehensive European-wide offering for businesses that want to outsource data storage management.

Sun and Brocade announced an agreement that enables Sun to resell, service, and support Brocade SilkWorm 2400 8-port and 2800 16-port fabric switches in qualified configurations worldwide.

Gadzoox Networks and IBM have completed preliminary testing of their 2Gb storage networking products. IBM's ProFibre Storage Array DF4000J and Gadzoox' Slingshot 4218 passed initial tests that show interoperability and support key functions such as the auto-negotiating standard.

Quantum|ATL, a subsidiary of Quantum, announced that its P3000 Series automated tape library has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems as interoperable with Brocade-based storage area networking (SAN) infrastructure. The testing was conducted via the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, a testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in multi-vendor, heterogeneous environments.

Sun and BMC Software announced the availability of BMC's knowledge module-PATROL-that expands BMC Software's multi-platform storage management capabilities. The module discovers, captures, stores, and reports physical attribute and event information on the Jiro technology-based Sun StorEdge T3 array.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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