Posted on April 01, 2002


FalconStor Software and Novell have established a strategic partnership to deliver advanced network storage infrastructure to Novell NetWare platforms over IP/iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs. FalconStor's IPStor suite of SAN-based storage management services, including mirroring, snapshot, TimeMark, and replication services, is being leveraged to ensure optimal data availability and rapid disaster recovery.

OTG Software and TrueArc are partnering to provide new, comprehensive solutions for Electronic Records Management (ERM). TrueArc will offer OTG's DiskXtender as the data management back-end for its ForeMost Enterprise software line. OTG will offer TrueArc's ForeMost Enterprise in conjunction with its solutions for both government and commercial markets.

MTI Technology will resell DataCore Software's SANsymphony storage networking platform on a worldwide basis. The company will deliver SANsymphony software through its direct sales and reseller network as a complement to its Vivant systems and network storage offerings. SANsymphony 5.0 features automated centralized services and discovery capabilities, business-recovery options, performance acceleration, administrative interfaces, and wire-agnostic connectivity.

InfiniCon Systems has selected Agilent Technologies' 2Gbps Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel controller to integrate into its InfiniCon Shared I/O System (ISIS). The ISIS architecture provides a common pool of shared I/O resources that allows InfiniBand-enabled servers to connect seamlessly to Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and/or native InfiniBand networks.

GlassHouse Technologies, a vendor-independent storage strategy and services firm, has joined the Brocade Professional Services Provider (PSP) Program, which is designed for qualified consulting firms and systems integrators committed to delivering professional services in the area of SAN solutions.

Inrange Technologies' IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director has completed Hitachi Data Systems' qualification testing and is fully supported through HDS for FICON connectivity with Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 Series systems.

Knox Software Corp., a Southern California-based supplier of network backup software since 1996, has formally changed its name to Arkeia Corp.

Seagate Technology has opened its Design Service Centers (DSC), a group of facilities created to offer a full range of research and development, design, and testing services to all Seagate customers. With locations in Colorado, Minnesota, and Singapore, each center is equipped with the appropriate testing labs and technologies to assist Seagate customers through each step of the design and development process for their storage-based solutions.

Agile Storage recently closed a $26 million round of Series B funding, bringing total equity investment to $40 million. The company is developing a networked storage platform that uses file server technology to automate and simplify management of storage networks, including NAS and SAN, and facilitate resource consolidation. The hardware-software platform is in alpha testing now, with beta versions scheduled for the summer and general availability slated for the fourth quarter.

Computer Associates International and Network Appliance announced the integration of CA's BrightStor Enterprise Backup and NetApp's NearStore R100, which will deliver a recovery-and-backup consolidation platform that scales up to 100TB of data readily available on disk. Separately, NetApp and Connected Corp. announced that Connected TLM supports NearStore R100 solutions for applications including backup consolidation, data migration, and archival of infrequently used content.

Rave Computer has signed an agreement with Qualstar to resell its entire line of tape libraries in North America. The tape libraries are compatible with most operating systems and platforms and are supported by applications packages from developers, including Tivoli Systems, Computer Associates, Legato Systems, Veritas, BakBone, Syncsort, LSC, and others.

McData and QLogic announced a joint program for interoperability between the companies' switch products. Building on the FC-SW-2 switch compatibility already achieved by the two companies, the program sets a baseline for further enhanced interoperability features such as mixed fabric security functions and zoning through management applications such as McData's SANavigator software platform.

Initio has completed a new round of private funding that will be used to accelerate Initio SCSI and IEEE 1394 ("FireWire") product development, including the Ultra320 SCSI 320MBps interface.

ANB, Rave Computer, Stonebridge Networks, and TapeLabs will now be supplying their customers with Nexsan's InfiniSAN network storage and disk-to-disk (D2D) backup solutions.

Genuity has announced the availability of Black Rocket Storage, a suite of storage solutions that enables companies to continuously access critical data during planned and unplanned outages. The offerings combine storage devices and management, Internet access services, and optional managed Web-hosting services.

Tandberg Data ASA is merging its wholly owned subsidiary Tandberg Data with LAND-5 to position the company within the network storage market. As a result of the merger, LAND-5 will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tandberg Data Inc., and Tandberg Data ASA's holding in Tandberg Data will be reduced to 55%. The merger includes a family of NAS appliance products to be launched in Q2 2002. Tandberg Data Inc. will continue to sell, market, and support current and future Tandberg Data ASA products (e.g., SLR-based technology tape drives, autoloaders, and data storage media) in the Americas through its existing channel.

Vicom Systems has become a member of the JNI SANpartners Program. As such, Vicom and JNI will provide jointly qualified and mutually supported solutions based on interoperability testing conducted by JNI.

EVault has established new partnerships with Allegra Systems, Cerdant, Data2Vault Solutions, Infinity Heritage Technologies, and PC On Call, all of which have agreed to become official resellers for EVault's electronic vaulting solutions. Under the terms of each agreement, the companies will integrate EVault directly into their suites of product offerings and resell the package directly to existing and future clients.

Seagate recently demonstrated a full-speed native Serial ATA hard-drive technology, which does not need to translate incoming Serial ATA signals into Parallel ATA protocols.

Solution-Soft and FalconStor Software announce the licensing and integration of Solution-Soft's SafeCapacity technology with FalconStor's IPStor. SafeCapacity provides storage availability, reliability, and capacity protection functionality. IPStor aggregates and provisions storage resources over Fibre Channel, IP/iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS protocols.

TrueSAN Networks is working with Hitachi Data Systems to integrate its Cloudbreak Storage Operating System with Hitachi Freedom Storage systems.

The Susquehanna International Group of Companies (SIG), a trading and technology organization involved in financial markets worldwide, has chosen CommVault Systems' Galaxy software to manage its data backup and restoration needs in North America, Australia, and Europe. Galaxy will provide data protection for Unix and Windows NT devices in BalaCynwyd, San Francisco, Sydney, Amsterdam, and Dublin.

Eagle Rock Alliance, which is involved in business reliability and contingency planning, has expanded its information technology consulting services. The enhanced service offerings, called Optimal Storage Management services, are the cornerstone of the company's newly formed Technology Solutions Group.

MTI Technology will offer its customers Brocade's SilkWorm 12000 2Gbps Core Fabric Switch as a building block for enterprise SANs. MTI plans to make the product available with its entire Vivant family of SAN and NAS storage solutions beginning in the second quarter of this year.

—Compiled by Marcy Koff

In the article "Early adopters make the case for SAN virtualization" (see InfoStor, Feb. 2002, p. 1), statements made by PROS Revenue Management should have been attributed to Rick Morris, IT manager.

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In the January 2002 article "ATA puts the squeeze on SCSI," p. 1, the color key for the relative performance figure was incorrect. The correct version is published here.

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