The Information Storage Industry Center (ISIC) at the University of California, San Diego, announced this week that the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP) has joined forces with UCSD's StorageNetworking.org Initiative to create a single community focused on the education needs of storage technology users. The combined group currently has about 7,600 members (5,000 from StorageNetworking.org's Storage Networking User Group [SNUG] and 2,600 ASNP chapter members). For more information, go to StorageNetworking.org.
PacketLight Networks Ltd.'s PL-400, PL-100, PL-200, and PL-10 have all successfully completed interoperability testing with specified IBM System Storage products DS4000, DS6000, DS8000, and SVC and have qualified for IBM System Storage Proven Program. PacketLight's products were tested in IBM Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC), Metro Mirror solution, and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Peer to Peer Remote Virtualization Solution.
ProStor Systems recently announced that its RDX removable disk drives have been certified compatible with CA's ARCserve Backup, EMC's Retrospect, Symantec's Backup Exec, and Yosemite Backup software. Separately, Imation began shipments of branded versions of ProStor Systems' RDX drives.
QLogic has completed a license agreement with Sun Microsystems and has joined the OpenSolaris storage community, making it the first company to offer fully qualified Fibre Channel HBAs and technology for OpenSolaris. The community was created by Sun so that developers, ISVs, and customers could leverage open source to drive innovation and new market opportunities for storage. Separately, QLogic's SANbox 9000 Series Fibre Channel core switches are now available on Sun's line of storage products.
Zetera has partnered with Huaqi Information Digital Technology, a consumer electronics manufacturer in China. Huaqi will launch a family of networked storage products powered by Zetera's Z-SAN technology. The products will be targeted to the Chinese market and sold under Huaqi's aigo brand.
Imation and TDK have reached a definitive agreement under which Imation will acquire TDK-brand worldwide recording media business and use of the TDK brand name for recording media products, for $300 million in a combination of Imation common stock and cash with potential for payment of up to an additional $70 million based on future financial performance of the acquired business. TDK will retain its R&D, manufacturing, and OEM business.
DataCore Sofware has formally partnered with Adtech Global Solutions, which delivers mission-critical IT solutions with a strong base in virtualization provision, and Viglen Storage Group, which provisions "open" storage solutions to the mainstream SMB market.