Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and DataCore Software have entered into a strategic business partnership agreement, whereby Samsung will create a new line of Samsung iSCSI storage servers focused on the Korean marketplace. Samsung will combine its servers and DataCore's SANmelody software to build entry-level systems aimed at penetrating the SMB customer in need of storage networking. Samsung will develop a joint sales and marketing program with DataCore to target disaster-recovery and infrastructure solutions. This month, Samsung will launch the new Samsung storage servers, based on its ZSS-100 systems. The systems are being delivered pre-installed with DataCore's SANmelody. Separately, Lifeboat Distribution signed an agreement with DataCore, whereby it will market and distribute DataCore's storage networking products.
Brocade will conduct its third annual technical education seminar series in 10 cities across North America this fall. The one-day seminars, which are provided at no cost, focus on practical training and education for end-user customers and resellers and will offer strategies to address cost, complexity, and compliance issues. The seminars will feature the latest Brocade solutions, including the new Tapestry family of application infrastructure management solutions, Brocade 4Gbps technology, and a session on branch office solutions sponsored and presented by Microsoft's Branch Office Solutions Group. For more information and a list of dates and locations, go to www.brocade.com/events/fallseminars_2005/index.jsp
BakBone has expanded its channel program to include a new partner advisory council, additional training courses, enhanced Web portal, sales leads, and an inaugural Partner Summit slated for next January 17-19, 2006. BakBone also unveiled its Partner Advisory Council (PAC), which meets for the first time on January 17, 2006. It comprises a group of nine channel partners from across the US, representing commercial, federal, and state government market sectors, and offers partners a forum in which to provide input into BakBone's product road map, technology development, and strategy.
Norlight Telecommunications, a Wisconsin-based provider of customized integrated voice and data solutions for businesses, has expanded its business continuance practice with Data Storage Services. The new service provides customers with off-site, secure data storage space on an as-needed basis for critical data.
Emulex has begun shipments of its 4Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) to its distribution partners, including ACAL, Bell Micro, Info X, Tech Data, and Tokyo Electron. The 4Gps HBAs include the LP11000 and LPe11000 for PCI-X 2.0 and PCI Express host systems.
Compellent Storage Center is now qualified as interoperable with McData's Intrepid, Sphereon, and Eclipse Technologies. It also supports Xyratex's Fibre Channel SBOD enclosures.
Reldata's IP Storage Gateway 9200 has been verified by Brocade as interoperable with Brocade-based Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, an end-to-end interoperability initiative for FC SANs.
QLogic has chosen Agere Systems as its system chip supplier for its new 4Gbps Fibre Channel ASIC and HBA SAN solutions.