Business Briefs

Posted on December 01, 2003


Hewlett-Packard has signed an agreement to acquire Pleasanton, CA-based Persist Technologies for its software designed for long-term storage and access of reference information. Hewlett-Packard expects the acquisition to close by year-end.

SANZ, a storage consulting and integration firm, has announced a storage assessment service based on its StorTrust process. StorTrust applies business process re-engineering of storage management to lower storage management cost and improve service levels. Separately, 3PAR has signed a distribution agreement with SANZ. 3PAR will distribute its utility storage products in both the federal and Fortune 1000 markets.

CNT and Brocade Communications Systems have an expanded strategic alliance to enable seamless extension of Brocade SANs over distance using CNT solutions. Under the terms of the partnership, CNT will continue to offer the Brocade family of SilkWorm fabric switches to its global customers and will designate these products as preferred storage networking solutions, complementing CNT's current FC/9000 FC/FICON director-class switch offering. In addition, Brocade will recommend CNT's UltraNet Edge products as a preferred SAN extension solution to its OEM and reseller channels worldwide.

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) have reached an agreement to take the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) through the INCITS Fast Track process. The process, reserved for specifications that have already gone through rigorous technical review, is expected to result in SMI-S's becoming an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard in the second quarter of 2004.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and IXOS Software signed a deal for developing and distributing software. HDS will provide IXOS archiving and enterprise content management software to its customers and will integrate IXOS products into HDS's storage management software suite. HDS also announced a partnership with AppIQ and will deliver co-branded storage management software applications based on the AppIQ StorageAuthority suite. It will integrate AppIQ's software platform with the HDS's HiCommand suite of products.

Arkivio and five other vendors recently hosted a forum on information life-cycle management (ILM) and prepared a report on how ILM tools can help companies with issues such as storage consolidation, disaster recovery, data retention, and capacity management. In addition to a variety of end-user organizations participating in the forum, vendor participants included Computer Associates, Hitachi Data Systems, Nexsan Technologies, Sony, and SANZ. To view the report, visit www.arkiv

StoneFly Networks has a strategic partnership with McData to provide cost-effective storage provisioning with an IP SAN through local aggregation and server consolidation. Separately, StoneFly's flagship product, the Storage Concentrator, has been certified under McData's OPENready Partner Interoperability Program.

Following the October approval by the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accepted the standard for 10Gbps Fibre Channel, called 10 GFC. The standard describes the Fibre Channel physical layer for the transport of data at approximately 10Gbps in each direction. The net bandwidth is about 2.5GBps.

EMC and Nortel Networks have a new joint services offering to help enterprises utilize optical MANs and WANs for remote mirroring of their data. The new offering, Business Continuity over Optical Networks, is an EMC Proven Solution and is available worldwide. It includes an integrated business continuity assessment from EMC and Nortel Networks that can help customers determine the optimal storage and connectivity requirements to meet their recovery objectives.

Imation and Exabyte have an agreement that establishes Imation as the exclusive worldwide distributor of Exabyte-brand media products. As part of the agreement, Imation will make an equity investment in Exabyte, representing less than 5%. The total dollar value of the transaction, when fully completed, is $20 million, the majority of which is for distribution rights.

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