Recent announcements from:

Posted on November 11, 2009

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-- EMC is building out its support for Microsoft's operating systems and applications. The company announced expanded product, engineering support and consulting services for Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7.

-- Symantec is also expanding its support for Microsoft's products. Symantec has announced updates to its backup and archiving software products to support Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and other Microsoft applications. The following Symantec products are scheduled to be fully compatible with Exchange 2010 in the next several months: Backup Exec, NetBackup and Enterprise Vault.

-- In other Microsoft storage news, Mimosa Systems announced that Mimosa NearPoint  will support Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 . As a Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) member and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Mimosa will use its NearPoint for Exchange 2010 solution to establish an organizational archive that complements Exchange 2010 personal archive functionality for the long-term storage and retention management of email and historical PST content.

-- I/O virtualization vendor NextIO has inked an OEM deal with Texas Memory Systems. NextIO will bundle TMS' RamSan solid-state disk (SSD) products with NextIO's ICA-2800 chassis. TMS claims more than one million I/Os-per-second (IOPS) performance, and more than 5TB in a 3U footprint. NextIO will demonstrate a bundled appliance with  RamSan-10 PCIe SSD cards performing at 1.2 million IOPs at next week's SC09 conference.

-- AutoVirt is offering a trade-in program for customers of Brocade's StorageX and NetApp's VFM file virtualization and management products with up to a 50% discount on the price of an AutoVirt software perpetual license and one year of free product support. The offer applies to any of Brocade's StorageX, File Lifecycle Manager (FLM), MyView, and File Management Engine (FME) products, as well as versions of those products offered by resellers, including the NetApp Virtual File Manager (VFM) product suite, IBM StorageX, and Hitachi StorageX.

-- SandForce, a maker of solid-state disk (SSD) drive processors has closed $21 million in Series C funding. The funding round was led by new investor TransLink Capital, the round also included new investors UMC Capital, LSI Corporation, Red Maple Ventures, Darwin Ventures, and A-Data Technology as well as all of the existing SandForce investors - DCM, Storm Ventures, and Tier-1 storage OEMs.

-- IP SAN vendor StoneFly announced StoneFusion 6.3, a new version of the company's storage platform with a focus on virtualization. StoneFusion provides block-level provisioning and centralized storage management, control and monitoring of logical storage volumes. The new version includes compatibility with StoneFly's new Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine (SCVM), which provides comprehensive disaster recovery capabilities and enhanced support for leading virtual machine guest operating systems (OS).

-- ProStor Systems announced the availability of a 640GB (1.28TB compressed) RDX removable disk cartridge. The new RDX cartridge is fully read and write compatible with all RDX, RD1000 and ProStor InfiniVault products. The RDX 640GB cartridges will be generally available beginning this month with pricing set individually by each supplier. RDX dock products are available today in 3.5" and 5.25" half-height form-factors for integration inside rack and tower system chassis, as well as tabletop and rackmount configurations.  Interface options include SATA and USB.

-- Tandberg Data is also offering a 640GB RDX QuikStor removable disk cartridge. Designed for use with RDX QuikStor drives, the new cartridge provides 640GB of storage, allowing customers with larger data sets to simplify media management and reduce cartridge swap time. The 640GB RDX QuikStor cartridge provides a native 45MBps transfer rate. The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the 640GB RDX QuikStor cartridge is $450. 


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