Business Briefs

Posted on June 01, 2003


EMC has expanded its relationship with Microsoft to provide software for storage systems operating within Windows-based computer networks. EMC will integrate Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 storage APIs with its ControlCenter storage management applications and will license Microsoft's Windows Powered NAS software and use it as the basis for new EMC NAS products.

Acopia Networks, a developer of Adaptive Resource Networking products, has secured $30 million in Series B financing, bringing the total capital raised to more than $40 million. Investors include Charles River Ventures, Accel Partners, and Cheng Wu, the company's chairman, as well as STAR Ventures and St. Paul Venture Capital.

QLogic plans to enhance security in its SANbox2 line of switches by implementing the IETF-standard Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) protocol. Microsoft's RADIUS protocol is used in the Internet Authentication Service (IAS) component of Windows 2000 Server and the recently released Windows Server 2003. QLogic is working with Microsoft to broaden industry usage of Microsoft's RADIUS implementation.

CipherOptics, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance information-protection solutions, has secured $9.6 million in Series B funding. Financing was led by Kodiak Venture Partners, with additional support from Origin Partners L.P., Axiom Venture Partners L.P., and New Tampa Technologies, LLC.

Akara has completed the Hitachi Data Systems Interoperability Demonstration Program (IDP) with Akara's OUSP storage extension device and the Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V and Lightning 9900 series of products. The verification configurations included using Akara's OUSP to extend TrueCopy replication over a SONET OC-3 connection to a simulated distance of 20,000km and performing the same operation using a SONET OC-48 connection over fiber.

Vyant Technologies has received SunTone Certification from Sun Microsystems for RealTime V2.0, Vyant's data-recovery software for enterprises. The SunTone Initiative is a collaborative effort to define best practices and audit solution-provider infrastructure, operational practices, hardware, software, and service delivery.

Fujitsu Storage System Division-Japan has selected Overland Storage's Neo Series tape automation for use with its server systems. Fujitsu chose the Overland Neo 2000 with LTO Ultrium 1 automated storage solutions and will offer the Overland Neo 2000 under the Eternus LT130 name.

Exabyte has an agreement with Tokyo-based Logitec that will allow the Asian computer peripheral manufacturer to offer VXA-2 tape drives to its customers.

Pioneer-Standard Electronics finalized an agreement for Pioneer-Standard KeyLink Systems to distribute CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router. KeyLink Systems is currently the only authorized distribution partner in North America for this product.

EVault has entered into a strategic reseller agreement with Kraft Kennedy & Lesser (KKL), a technology integrator for law firms and legal departments. Under the terms of the agreement, KKL will integrate and support EVault InfoStage dataprotection and recovery software and its EVault Protect online service.

Iron Mountain has teamed with Akonix Systems, Communicator, FaceTime Communications, and Imlogic to expand its electronic records management offerings to include compliant Instant Messaging records archiving and retention solutions.

Invio Software has a professional services agreement with GlassHouse Technologies, in which GlassHouse will provide design and implementation services to Invio customers for the deployment of storage practice automation solutions across their enterprise storage environments.

MaXXan Systems and FalconStor Software will deliver FalconStor's IPStor suite of storage management software on MaXXan's I/O optimized hardware platform. The integrated MaXXan Storage Appliance powered by FalconStor IPStor software will be offered in two forms: the SA100f and the SA200f, which leverage the embedded application card technology developed for MaXXan's MXV320 intelligent switch platform.

Atempo's Time Navigator is now qualified with StorageTek's BladeStore disk subsystem. The combination of the two is intended to complement traditional tape-based backup-and-recovery architectures.

GA Services, LLC, an enterprise solutions and services provider for the open systems marketplace, and FalconStor Software have joined forces to deliver storage solutions designed specifically to provide small to mid-tier companies with cost-effective, comprehensive business continuity services.

DataCore Software has entered into an OEM agreement with NEC Soft Ltd., whereby NEC Soft will incorporate

DataCore's SANsymphony technology into NEC Soft's software portfolio to address large-scale storage consolidation, auto-provisioning, and replication.

TidalWire and ServGate Technologies have a new distribution partnership, adding ServGate's network security gateways to TidalWire's line of security and storage networking products.

McData's storage networking solutions have been tested and jointly approved for use in conjunction with 3PAR InServ Storage Servers. The combined 3PAR and McData solution has been tested and approved within the McData OPENready Interoperability Program, of which 3PAR is a member.

IQ Biometrix has tendered a letter of intent for the acquisition of Network Storage Solutions (NSS), based in Chantilly, VA. The transaction, which is expected to close this quarter, is subject to approval by regulatory agencies, IQ Biometrix shareholders, and other closing conditions.

International Data Corp. recently released a report on the ROI of disk defragmentation that calls attention to the problems that fragmentation can cause in file systems, such as reliability issues and slow (or aborted) boot times. A copy of the report is available at

IBM will offer Exabyte's next-generation VXA-2 tape drive as an optional internal storage component for its IBM eServer xSeries line of Intel processor-based servers.

CNT has acquired all outstanding shares of Inrange Technologies in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $190 million, or $2.31 per Inrange share. The company will record a one-time charge associated with the acquisition in the second quarter of fiscal 2003.

Brocade has a joint development agreement with Veritas Software in which Veritas will develop volume management and storage resource management software technology for the Brocade SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform. Veritas will use the Brocade XPath API, the application-programming interface to the SilkWorm Fabric AP development environment, to port storage management software intelligence to the switch.

3PAR announced Microsoft qualification for Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO) with 3PAR's InServ storage servers. This capability eliminates a single point-of-failure in Windows-based SANs and ensures data availability, even in the event of a Fibre Channel port failure on either a Windows server or 3PAR storage array. Separately, the company announced formal Microsoft qualification of its InServ storage servers through Microsoft's "Designed for Windows" Logo Qualification Program. It has also recently achieved membership status in the Microsoft Certified Partner Program.

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