Business Briefs

Posted on July 01, 2003

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Adaptec has acquired ICP vortex Computersysteme GmbH, a provider of data-protection products for customers across Europe. ICP vortex was an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. Financial terms were not disclosed. Based in Germany, ICP vortex provides hardware and software RAID data-protection solutions, including SCSI, Serial ATA (SATA), and Fibre Channel products.

GlassHouse Technologies has acquired the worldwide services and support business of network-attached storage (NAS) storage pioneer Auspex in bankruptcy court proceedings. The acquisition includes Auspex's services business employees, spare parts and fixed assets related to the services business, and other assets necessary to maintain all services.

StorageTek and FalconStor are co-developing a StorageTek-branded replication and mirroring appliance that is expected to be available next month. The two have also signed a global reseller agreement that allows StorageTek to sell FalconStor's IPStor suite of products, as well as a professional services agreement that enables STK's Professional Services team to leverage IPStor in data migration projects.

Dell and EMC added two more years onto their existing five-year strategic alliance. The original agreement was signed in October 2001 and will now extend through December 2008. The companies have also collaborated on the introduction of new products and technologies. Since 2001, they have established a manufacturing agreement enabling Dell to manufacture Dell/EMC CX200 storage systems. They have also introduced a joint services training initiative for Dell professionals; added a new series of Dell/EMC networked storage systems; integrated ATA technology and Fibre Channel within storage area networks (SANs); introduced a software suite for storage system management and disaster recovery; and accelerated SAN and NAS convergence.

McData's storage networking solutions have been tested and jointly approved for use in conjunction with 3PAR InServ Storage Servers. The combined solution has been tested and approved within the McData OPENready Interoperability Program, of which 3PAR is a member. Separately, StorageTek has contracted to resell McData's Sphereon 3232 FICON fabric switch with in-band FICON management, otherwise known as Control Unit Port (CUP).

The Information Storage Industry Center (ISIC) at the University of California, San Diego, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) are teaming up to plan a non-profit initiative called Stora geNetworking.org to support data storage technology users. The initiative will facilitate discussions between data storage users and spur the development of regional and local data storage user groups. A new online resource portal will also be developed to provide access to user group resources, industry-specific educational opportunities, academic research, discussion groups, and news and information. For more information, e-mail: isic@ucsd.edu.

Connected has launched InterChange, a vendor-agnostic resource destination for information, insight, and guidance on reducing storage requirements, managing storage resources, consolidating servers, and protecting data. The centralized repository contains practices for solving the file and e-mail server storage problem.

Anacomp and Dot Hill Systems have entered into an agreement whereby Anacomp will provide exclusive on-site maintenance, warranty, and non-warranty service for Dot Hill customers entering into new maintenance agreements for SANnet I and certain legacy products. Anacomp will also manage Dot Hill's non-warranty customers and be the exclusive distributor of spare parts inventory for Dot Hill's SANnet I, Lynx Array, and certain legacy products.

InfiniSwitch has changed its name to Fabric Networks Inc., effective immediately. The name change follows the recent merger of InfiniSwitch with Lane15 Software.

Maranti Networks, a provider of application-aware storage networking solutions, has launched the Maranti Assured Storage Partner Program with 17 storage vendors as partners. The program enables Maranti and its partners to collaborate in defining, certifying, and providing solutions that are seamlessly interoperable in heterogeneous storage environments. Companies that have signed on as founding members include Alacritech, AppIQ, BakBone, CommVault

Systems, Computer Associates, CreekPath, Emulex, InterSAN, JNI, Legato Systems, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Microsoft, QLogic, Quantum, Storability Software, Spectra Logic, and XIOtech.

Fujitsu Systems Europe has selected Sistina Software's GFS product as the exclusive cluster file system for running on Fujitsu's line of high-performance computing clustering products. The Fujitsu-Sistina partnership enables both companies to provide Fujitsu's first pre-configured and packaged Linux cluster targeted at both industrial computing applications and enterprise-class data centers.

Snap Appliance is partnering with NCR for managed services such as help desk and maintenance services. Snap customers will be able to access a 24x7 help desk, global parts depot, and on-site maintenance support through NCR. The partnership will include North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Akara completed interoperability testing between its OUSP 2000 product family and IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (Shark) extended remote copy product within IBM's TotalStorage Proven program. The OUSP is the first storage-over-SONET extension device that enables enterprises to extend FICON XRC over distances up to and beyond 1,000 km over any SONET/SDH, DWDM, or dark-fiber network, according to company claims.

Nexsan Technologies is implementing a Strategic Solutions (S2) program providing sales and marketing benefits to its strategic partners. Nexsan will offer S2 partners special pricing on Nexsan products that will be integrated into partner products, referrals to channel partners, co-marketing opportunities, and other marketing-oriented benefits. Arkivio is the first company to qualify and become an S2 partner.

Rorke Data will distribute Procom Technology's line of NetForce storage systems to resellers and OEMs in the medical industry. Rorke Data will install, integrate, and support Procom's systems for digital archiving providers in the medical imaging industry.

TidalWire, the distribution arm of Network Engines, and American Megatrends have a distribution agreement, whereby TidalWire will add the MegaRAC G2 family of network management products to its line of security and storage networking products.

FalconStor Software's IPStor software has successfully completed interoperability testing with solutions from IBM, Red Hat, and StorageTek. IPStor has attained "Runs with Lotus Domino" certification status from IBM, "Red Hat Ready 2.1" application compatibility from Red Hat, and certification with BladeStore from StorageTek.

Troika Networks has secured $13 million in financing. Anthem Ventures Partners led the round, which included previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Dynafund Ventures, and Windward Ventures, as well as new investor Hamilton Apex Technology Ventures.

Objective Data Storage, a developer and marketer of object-based automated storage management software and solutions, has acquired the assets of Filelink Corp., a Bloomington, MN-based software development firm.

Lucent Technologies and McData have a joint development initiative that provides businesses with comprehensive solutions for storage networking both in and between data centers. The portfolio features the OptiStar EdgeSwitch 2.0 and McData's core-to-edge family of storage networking solutions.

Crossroads Systems' ServerAttach SA40 product has successfully completed interoperability testing under IBM's TotalStorage Proven program and earned IBM TotalStorage Proven status. The TotalStorage Proven program builds on IBM's interoperability efforts to develop and deliver products and solutions that work together with third-party products.

EMC's Centera Compliance Edition content addressed storage (CAS) has achieved compliance in the financial services, federal government, and life sciences industries. Centera meets SEC's new Interpretive Release for Rule 17a-4 for Electronic Records Retention and becomes the first storage system compliant with U.S. Department of Defense 5015.2 for Content Shredding. It has also been designated by Deloitte Consulting as "21 CFR Part 11 Ready" for life sciences organizations.

Western Digital and Promise Technology announced that Western Digital's enterprise-class Serial ATA (SATA) WD Raptor hard drive and Promise's families of SATA150 host bus adapters and FastTrak SATA RAID controllers have been verified compatible by both companies. The products are ingredients in Enterprise SATA (ESATA) RAID workstations, servers, and storage systems running configurations such as RAID 0, 1, and 0+1, and are currently available for systems builders and storage providers.

ADVA Optical Networking's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 system successfully completed interoperability testing as part of EMC's E-Lab Tested Program.

AmeriVault has secured an additional $1 million in equity financing from Alta Communications. The funding will be used to introduce products and services and to invest in sales and marketing.

CIENA announced that the KPN EuroRings unit of KPN, the Netherlands' largest telecommunications service provider, has deployed CIENA's ONLINE Metro platform in its network. The platform allows KPN EuroRings to offer higher-value data services, such as SAN, ESCON, Fibre Channel, wavelength services, and Gigabit Ethernet, to its expanding European customer base.

Brocade Communications Systems and Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., announced that new features for the SilkWorm 12000 Director—enabled through enhancements to the Brocade Fabric Operating System (Fabric OS) software—are available worldwide, except in Japan, through Hitachi Data Systems.


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