EMC plans to develop and port software for McDATA's intelligent switch platforms. Separately, McDATA has expanded its alliance with Hewlett-Packard to include two major initiatives: the support of multi-vendor storage fabric interoperability and an independent services contract signed between the two companies.
AppIQ is collaborating with Intel to develop management solutions for iSCSI-based storage networks. The collaboration will enable AppIQ to provide an integrated, standards-based family of storage area management solutions that supports all storage technologies (DAS, NAS, and SAN) on ATA, SCSI, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI protocols.
AMCC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 3ware. Under the terms of the agreement, AMCC will acquire all outstanding shares of 3ware for approximately $150 million in cash and will assume stock options based on an exchange ratio to be determined at closing. This is the second storage acquisition by AMCC in the past six months; the company acquired JNI Corp. last year.
Bell Microproducts has signed an agreement to distribute Broadcom's RAIDCore Serial ATA RAID controllers internationally. The agreement allows Bell Microproducts to distribute Broadcom's RAIDCore RC4000 SATA RAID controllers to resellers in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe.
Solution Technology, a UK provider of training courses in storage networking technologies, has launched its online Storage Technology Advanced Test Service (STATS). This Web-based system provides a skills assessment service and includes a SNIA Fibre Channel SAN Level 2 Practitioner preparation exam. A free demonstration test is available at www.solutiontechnology.co.uk.
Actona Technologies, which deals with wide area file services solutions for enterprise storage networks, has secured $10 million in Series C funding, bringing its total equity investment to $23 million. This most recent round of funding was led by Mayfield and included participation from current investors Sequoia Capital, Evergreen Partners, and the Fantine Group.
Snap Appliance and Symantec have signed a technology and marketing partnership that benefits customers who need rapid system and data protection and recovery. The first offering from the two companies is a set of disk-based data-protection solutions for customers in North America. Select Snap Server NAS systems will be bundled with Symantec's V2i Protector software, providing businesses with a way to protect and recover data on Windows-based servers in the event of threats such as system failures, computer viruses, hacker theft, and catastrophic incidents.
Atempo has expanded its operations in the US and established a new North American headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have extended their strategic alliance, enabling Fujitsu Siemens Computers to resell the full line of EMC networked storage systems and software in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The reseller relationship, which began in 1997, has been extended through 2008.
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced its board of directors for 2004/2005: Chair: Arthur B. Edmonds, Jr. (senior director, Data Networking Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems); Treasurer: Tom Hammond-Doel (director, technical marketing, Emulex); and Secretary: Bob Williamsen (senior director, strategic marketing, McDATA).
Mempile, a developer of an optical storage device, has secured $11.6 million in first-round funding. Kodiak Venture Partners led the investment and was joined by Israel Seed Partners, JVP, Hitachi CSK, Portview Communications Partners, Alta Berkeley Venture Partners of London, and initial investor Millennium Materials Technology Fund. The company is developing a removable optical drive capable of storing 1TB of data on a single disk.
Qualstar announced that it is the first company to ship tape libraries equipped with Sony's SAIT-1 WORM-enabled, multi-function tape drives.
ATTO Technology's iPBridge 2500C/R/D has been certified as interoperable with Computer Associates's BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11 for Windows.
Cleveland-based KeyBank is now offering AmeriVault's online backup-and-disaster recovery solution to its business banking and middle market clients. AmeriVault's data-recovery and backup solution automatically recognizes block changes within files, then encrypts the compressed data before pushing it via the Internet to secure Mass Storage Vaults.
ADVA Optical Networking announced the successful completion of interoperability testing and qualification of ADVA's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 system for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) S/390 and zSeries eServer environments.
IntraDyn Inc. and Computer Data Strategies Inc. (CDS) have completed an agreement under which IntraDyn has acquired key assets of CDS. The acquisition adds CDS's data backup software—Back Again II—to IntraDyn's existing product line for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The CDS software will be marketed by IntraDyn as a stand-alone offering and will also be integrated into IntraDyn's RocketVault data backup and archiving appliances.
PolyServe has announced reseller and support agreements with HP Services to support growing demand for shared data clustering solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, HP will offer the PolyServe Matrix Server shared data clustering software and support to its customers. HP customers using Matrix Server can call either company for support. The two companies will also cooperate on educating and training the sales and reseller channels on Matrix Server software.
QLogic's SANblade 2340 Series now supports the Solaris 9 operating system, SPARC, and x86 Platform Editions. Separately, its SANblade 2340 family of single- and dual-port Fibre Channel host bus adapters has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems.
—Compiled by Marcy Koff