Business Briefs

Posted on November 01, 2001


Quantum has filed a lawsuit against Imation to stop it from selling unqualified tape media based on Quantum's DLTtape technology and intended for use in DLTtape drives. Specifically, the complaint is against Imation for "misappropriation of trade secrets, deceptive and misleading advertising pursuant to California Business and Professions Code 17508, misappropriation, and unfair competition pursuant to California Business and Professions Code 17200." Imation had previously filed a $450 million lawsuit against Quantum, charging it with violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, including price fixing and conspiracy to monopolize the production and sale of data storage tape compatible with Quantum's DLTtape drives.

Astrum Software has introduced its StorCast Migration Solution, a combination of software and services designed to help clients plan for storage and server consolidation and let them move toward storage-centric computing environments. The offering evaluates current storage and system infrastructures and provides detailed usage, trend, and file reports. It consists of Astrum's flagship storage resource management software-StorCast-and a combination of professional and technical support services.

StorageTek and EMC, through EMC's E-Lab Testing Program, have jointly qualified multiple StorageTek tape library products within multi- vendor networked storage configurations. The companies are also engaged in a joint customer support agreement, which ensures collaborative system support in end-user environments.

BlueArc's Si7500 storage system has been certified with Atempo's Time Navigator, the software platform for high-performance backup-and-restore services. The certification with Atempo will complement the throughput performance of the Si7500 by allowing IT managers to monitor and back up their storage systems.

Exabyte has signed a joint memorandum of understanding with BakBone Software that specifies that each company will more actively engage in marketing the other's products. The companies will share proprietary information relating to the engineering and development of future offerings.

nStor Technologies will provide Adaptec with products, technology, and services for Adaptec to incorporate into its current and future products. According to Adaptec, the partnership will enable the company to make inroads into the entry-level external storage market.

Vicom and QLogic will jointly deploy turnkey storage virtualization products for enterprise storage environments. As part of the relationship, the companies will cross-certify the Vicom Storage Virtualization Engine with QLogic SANbox switches and SANblade HBAs, integrate future products into complete storage virtualization offerings, provide storage virtualization education to the IT community, and promote industry standards for storage virtualization.

Trace Affex has entered into a partnership with DAX Archiving Solutions, whereby DAX will have the exclusive marketing rights to the id100/DVD100 jukebox product line manufactured by Trace Affex and will incorporate the jukeboxes into its smartDAX offerings. The companies will explore the possibility of manufacturing complete smartDAX 100 and smartDAX 200 units, including network-attached hardware and software, at the Trace Affex facility in San Jose, CA.

Sanera Systems has secured $38.3 million in second-round funding to build a terabit protocol-transparent SAN switch. Funding was led by Enterprise Partners Venture Capital and Greylock Ventures. Other investors in this round of financing include Storm Ventures, CMEA, and E*Trade. Funding for the first round was $17.5 million, bringing the total to $55.8 million.

DataDirect Networks has completed a $9.9 million Series A round of funding with ClearLight Partners LLC, Digital Coast Ventures, and Part'com, a European venture capital firm.

Panasas has secured $25.4 million in financing from Carlyle Venture Partners; Goldman Sachs; and Mohr, Davidow Ventures, bringing total funding to $36.5 million. The investment allows Panasas to bring to market its solution for enabling seamless scalability in storage capacity and performance.

Veritas and IBM Storage Systems Group are collaborating to offer a portfolio of tested and supported enterprise storage solutions. The agreement builds upon a range of cooperative efforts between the companies that equips customers with cross-platform storage solutions through joint testing, support, and future development of selected removable media and enterprise disk storage solutions.

Adexis has been selected a McData Platinum Level Partner to provide a core-to-edge line of enterprise storage solutions to customers.

As a result of TidalWire and ADIC's expanded distribution and support relationship, TidalWire will offer ADIC Scalar 100 and Scalar 1000 storage networking libraries as part of TidalWire's SAN solutions package designed for Enterprise SAN environments.

Cisco's ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform system has achieved EMC E-Lab Tested qualification, making it interoperable with the EMC Symmetrix family of enterprise information storage systems and Connectrix director and departmental switches.

TrelliSoft has signed agreements with Applied Technology Corp. (ATC), which will distribute Trelli Soft software in Japan, and SAN Solutions, which will distribute the software in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Benchmark Storage Innovations has named Mitsumi Electric a key manufacturing partner for Benchmark's DLT products. Its other manufacturing partner is Beyonics Technology (formerly URACO).

Workstation Solutions' Quick Restore data-protection software now supports Super DLTtape technology. The software, with Super DLTtape support, is available immediately.

DataCore Software and Atempo (formerly Quadratec) are jointly developing an enhanced backup integration solution. In previous efforts, they have integrated DataCore's SANsymphony's Snapshot functionality with Atempo's Time Navigator for file-system-level backups.

BCC Technologies has expanded its BCC Authorized Reseller Program, adding North American resellers and recruiting distributors for overseas territories.

EMC has acquired Luminate Software, a privately held software company based in Redwood City, CA, for approximately $50 million in cash. Representing the seventh software acquisition EMC has made in the past 20 months, Luminate develops performance-monitoring software for storage-intensive applications and operating environments.

Computer Associates International has integrated Emulex LightPulse LP8000 Fibre Channel host bus adapters to provide the storage networking connectivity within seven of CA's new virtual e-business centers.

RARE Systems will integrate FalconStor's IPStor with its DSM 6000 data storage module technology. The resulting network storage solution, StArNet 6000, will help IT contain storage management costs by consolidating and virtualizing storage equipment and offering the storage resources/services over IP/ iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN.

SAN Holdings and ITIS Services have signed a letter of intent whereby ITIS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SAN Holdings.

Cereva Networks has secured approximately $51 million in funding from the issuance of shares of its Series E Convertible Preferred Stock. Participating investors in the round include Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Worldview Technology Partners, and Sumitomo.

Pirus Networks has received an additional $9.5 million in funding from JAFCO Ventures as part of a Series B round, which brings the total raised by Pirus to more than $55 million.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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