Recent announcements from:

Posted on March 31, 2010


-- Avnet plans to acquire storage-centric distributor Bell Microproducts in an all-cash merger for $7.00 per share, which translates into a transaction value of approximately $594 million. After the deal closes, Avnet's total revenue will increase by approximately $3.0 billion.

-- Dmailer, a software provider specializing in backup, has introduced Dmailer Backup v3, which includes 2GB of free online storage and the ability to backup locally. It allows users to backup all data types and is compatible with PCs, Macs and Windows-based Netbooks. A free version of Dmailer's software is available for download from the company's website.

-- As a result of Hitachi Data Systems' partnership with Acer, Gateway is now offering the GS2040, the first of a series of storage systems dedicated to the SMB market and branded under the Hitachi/Gateway name. The GS2040 will be marketed through the dedicated Gateway channel. The GS2040 can scale in capacity to 120TB, performance to 400,000 IOPS and connectivity to 512 virtual server ports.

-- 3PAR has expanded its alliance activities with Citrix to target internal clouds, including becoming a Citrix Ready Partner, certification of the 3PAR InServ Storage Server with Citrix XenServer, and collaborating to integrate the 3PAR Utility Storage platform with Citrix StorageLink technology under the Citrix Ready Open Storage Program. All InServ Storage Server models have been tested and certified as Citrix Ready for Citrix XenServer 5.5.

-- LAN Infotech, an IT consulting firm in South Florida, has joined DataCore Software's Software Partner Program. LAN Infotech will sell and support DataCore's storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software. 

-- IT-as-a-Service provider NetEnrich has acquired startup Simply Continuous, which provides backup and disaster recovery services. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

-- Layered Technologies (Layered Tech), which provides cloud computing IT infrastructure, has launched a cloud storage solution, called LT Depot, which is powered by the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform.

-- IceWEB, which provides unified data storage and building blocks for cloud storage networks, has signed a distribution agreement with Promark Technology.

-- Imation signed a 10-year licensing extension with ProStor Systems for ProStor's RDX removable disk drive technology.

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