A number of vendors have banded together to propose a specification, dubbed Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), to the ANSI T11 standards committee. FCoE would enable SAN traffic to be natively transported over Ethernet networks. Initial supporters include Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Emulex, IBM, Intel, Nuova, QLogic, and Sun. Products are expected in 18 to 24 months. For more information, go to http://www.t11.org
LeftHand Networks has expanded its open iSCSI SAN portfolio by adding support for the HP ProLiant DL320s server. The combination of the ProLiant DL320s and LeftHand Networks' SAN/iQ storage platform enables SAN capabilities across multiple storage tiers. In addition to the ProLiant DL320s, SAN/iQ-powered platforms include the IBM System x3650, LeftHand NSM 160, and HP ProLiant DL380.
Acopia Networks has officially launched the FreedomFabric Alliance, bringing together technology providers with the common goal of helping customers to meet the challenge of managing globally distributed, unstructured, file-based information. Members of the alliance include 3PAR, Acronis, Copan, DataDirect Networks, Dot Hill, Exanet, Incipient, MagnaView, ONStor, Permabit, Pillar Data Systems, Plasmon, Texas Memory Systems, and WysDM Software.
Hewlett-Packard and IBM have completed the Quantum LTO Ultrium format generation-4 compliance and data-interchangeability testing process. With this qualification, HP and IBM will be authorized to display the LTO Ultrium format generation 4 logo on their tape drives.
Mimosa Systems announced its Mimosa Partner Advantage Program for resellers of its NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail archiving and recovery software solution. The program offers three tiers of participation—Referral, Gold, and Platinum—for value-added resellers, consulting services partners, and systems integrators.
Nexsan Technologies and Reldata have joined forced to produce a unified IP SAN/NAS storage solution that includes SAN-level data replication over WANs. The product combines Nexsan's SATABeast with the Reldata 9240 IP Storage Gateway.
Copan Systems has joined The Green Grid, a consortium of IT professionals seeking to lower the overall power consumption of data centers around the globe by developing best practices for improving energy consumption.
Digi-Data and All Systems Integration, a company specializing in pre-press integration services, have partnered to provide a storage solution for Southern California Graphics, which offers pre-media and printing services for corporate communications, designers, agencies, and entertainment industry clients.
EMC will resell Signiant's Digital Media Distribution Management Suite through the EMC Select Program.
Network Appliance has renamed the Topio TDPS software as NetApp ReplicatorX. The software provides block-level continuous data replication across heterogeneous storage platforms. NetApp acquired Topio last year.
Alternative Technology, a distributor of thin-client/server-based computing, edge infrastructure, virtualization, and government-approved security solutions, has signed a value-added distribution agreement with DataCore Software. Under the agreement, Alternative Technology will promote and distribute DataCore virtual storage infrastructure products to its network of 3,000 resellers in the US and Canada.