Diogenes Analytical Labs was recently launched "to provide IT organizations with unbiased, lab-tested product information to assist in making purchasing decisions." The firm hopes to differentiate itself from other consulting firms in that it does not receive any payments from vendors, according to Phil Goodwin, president and founder of Diogenes and a former analyst with the META Group IT consulting firm. Services include in-depth product reviews, vendor negotiation assistance, and competitive "bake-offs" between vendors/products. For more information, go to www.diogeneslab.com.
Seagate Technology has introduced the SAS Knowledge Center (http://specials.seagate.com/sac/pr), an online resource to educate and prepare IT professionals and system builders for the transition to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology. Developed by Seagate, with additional support from Adaptec, Intel, and LSI Logic, the SAS Knowledge Center provides information about SAS using intuitive and interactive online visual demonstrations.
Exabyte has extended the bundling of Yosemite Technologies' base-level backup software solution, TapeWare XE, to Exabyte's VXA-1 and VXA-2 drives.
EqualLogic has an agreement with Sun Microsystems to resell the PeerStorage Array 100E. EqualLogic has successfully completed Sun Blade Server Verification and achieved Solaris Ready Certification last year.
Emulex and Brocade will expand a multi-year strategic partnership to simplify the deployment of SANs in enterprise, midrange, and the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market segments. As part of the agreement, the companies will co-develop a multi-vendor SAN management wizard that will integrate the installation and management of both Emulex HBAs and Brocade SilkWorm switches into a single interface.
Computer Associates will acquire Waltham, MA-based Netegrity in a $430 million cash deal that will merge the computer security software makers. The deal is expected to close within 90 days, subject to approval of regulators and Netegrity shareholders.
XOsoft has signed a new reseller partnership with AmeriVault. To accelerate large data recoveries, AmeriVault will incorporate XOsoft's WANSync and WANSyncHA solutions into its mobile HOTBOX recovery solution and will begin hosting an online high availability solution by year-end.
CBL Data Recovery Technologies has expanded its partnership with NexInnovations, a Canadian-based independent technology services provider. Under the expanded partnership, NexInnovations will handle all packaging and shipping of the media to CBL. In addition, customers will receive 10% off the cost of their recovery by using a NexInnovations service depot.
Datacenter Technologies and Atempo have entered into a global OEM relationship to deliver PC client protection to Atempo's customer base. Under this OEM agreement, Atempo will license modules from DCT's DC-Protect software to provide PC client protection as part of Atempo's product portfolio.
The article entitled "Asigra reels in remote data," in the September 2004 issue (see p. 8), erroneously stated that Asigra has an OEM relationship with Network Appliance and Sun. We regret the error.