Cisco Systems plans to acquire privately held Los Gatos, CA-based Actona Technologies, a developer of wide-area file services software that facilitates data management across geographically distributed offices. Actona's technology will help expand the functionality of Cisco's branch office access router portfolio with intelligent network services that enable WAN-optimized file transfer and access. In addition, Actona will extend Cisco's solutions for Data Center Storage Consolidation to the branch office. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $82 million in cash and will convert outstanding Actona options to Cisco options.
EqualLogic has secured $20 million in a third round of funding led by new investor Focus Ventures. This series C round of financing also includes current investors Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners, and TD Capital Technology Ventures. With this most recent round of funding, EqualLogic has raised a total of $52 million in equity capital.
ADIC has a new remote service initiative that includes the ability to gather data about storage devices and their environments, issue proactive alerts, exercise devices and applications over a secure two-way communications link, and initiate or recommend corrective action. The company has partnered with Motive Inc. to help provide tools and applications expertise to implement the remote service initiative.
BlueArc is teaming with Brocade to provide integrated fabric switching within its network storage offerings. BlueArc's Titan SiliconServer will now come standard with Brocade's SilkWorm 3250 8-port switch or SilkWorm 3850 16-port switch.
Copan has formed a strategic partnership with Hitachi OMD to manufacture Copan's Revolution 200T, which, according to company claims, delivers a disk-based long-term data repository that combines the performance, availability, and data protection of disk with the price and scale of tape.
StorageQuest's Multi-Services Storage Manager (MSM) software and MSM network appliance have been certified with Sony's Professional Disc for Data (ProDATA) optical drives and autochangers. ProDATA drives store up to 23GB on write-once, read-many (WORM) discs.
Loyola Enterprises has integrated DataCore Software's SANmelody Disk Server software into its SAN-FIRE system, which is being deployed by Naval Air Systems Command to support the Joint Forces Command during the Homeland Security (HLS) Determined Promise exercise. Determined Promise is an annual exercise that focuses on Military Assistance to Civil Authorities (MACA) and incorporates Homeland Defense and Homeland Security situations.
ATTO Diamond Storage Array VT-Class (Virtual Tape) has been certified compatible with Computer Associates' BrightStor ARCserve Backup family.
Verari Systems, a developer of platform-independent blade computing systems, has entered into an OEM agreement with Engenio Information Technologies, formerly LSI Logic Storage Systems. Under terms of the agreement, Verari will co-brand and sell Engenio's Fibre Channel and Serial ATA (SATA) storage subsystems.
FalconStor Software and Evesham Technology Ltd., a UK provider of IT infrastructure solutions, have joined forces via an OEM agreement that enables Evesham to integrate FalconStor's iSCSI Storage Server for Windows Storage Server 2003 with Evesham's SilverSTOR iSAN family of products, to deliver iSCSI network storage services to the UK market.
Atempo has completed testing and certification of its Time Navigator with StorageTek's new StreamLine SL8500 modular library system.
Fujifilm Microdisks USA Inc. (FMDA) has completed the first phase of a $35 million dollar expansion to the company's storage cartridge facility in Bedford, MA. The 60,000-sq-ft expansion enables Fujifilm to more than double its annual US production of high-capacity tape cartridges for midrange and enterprise-scale data storage. Additionally, FMDA will supply products to Fujifilm distribution channels for Asia and Europe.
Eastman Kodak's service organization, KODAK Service & Support, announced that its service professionals in the US and the UK will now support storage equipment from ADIC, Quantum, and StorageTek.
BiTMICRO Networks announced the qualification of its E-Disk SAN S2F-J with the QLA2340 and QLA2342 host bus adapters from QLogic.
Yosemite Technologies and Exabyte have entered into an OEM partnership whereby Yosemite's base-level backup software solution, TapeWare XE, will be bundled with Exabyte's VXA-2 PacketLoader Tape Libraries.
Tandberg Data has signed an OEM agreement with IBM. The agreement is expected to be worth between $30 million and $35 million over an initial period of two years. The company has also recently entered into a cooperation agreement with IBM, enabling Tandberg Data to use IBM's LTO Ultrium tape drive products in its data-storage and data-security solutions.
—Compiled by Marcy Koff