Late last month, IBM and EMC announced a five-year $3 billion extension to its existing technology alliance. The agreement calls for IBM to sell other technologies, including microprocessors and advanced custom chips, to EMC. Currently, IBM supplies high-capacity disk drives to EMC for inclusion into its Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems. For IBM, this alliance marks the second significant supplier agreement in the last month. Earlier in March, IBM and Dell Computer agreed to a multi-year $16 billion supply pact.
The Clariion storage division of Data General extended its OEM agreement with Bull Information Systems to include Clariion Fibre Channel disk arrays and Navisphere storage management software. The arrays will be integrated with Bull?s Unix and Windows NT servers.
Head manufacturer Read-Rite joins Aweida Venture Partners and Quantum as investors in start-up drive manufacturer Benchmark Tape Systems. Read-Rite is developing a thin-film magneto-resistive tape head for Benchmark?s DLTtape-derivative tape drive.
Veritas Software announced that FirstWatch, its high-availability clustering software, now supports the entire Sun StorEdge product line, including the Sun StorEdge A7000 Intelligent Storage Server.
CommVault Systems and Network Appliance announced an OEM agreement where portions of CommVault?s storage management suite will be integrated with NetApp?s filers. NetApp also recently announced an OEM agreement with Foundry Networks, a Gigabit Ethernet switching, routing and server load-balancing provider. The pact calls for the
integration of Foundry?s ServerIron Layer 4 switch and NetApp?s NetCache appliance, which will improve end-user response time and reduce WAN costs.
In March, Quantum launched a North American reseller program called Quantum Access. Encompassing all of its product lines, resellers can log on to a one-stop web site to receive exclusive information, including product information, company news, customer warranty status, Web-based training, biannual seminars and the availability of new sales tools. Resellers can visit the Quantum Access Web site at http://access.quantum.com.
MTI Technology has selected Qlogic to provide Fibre Channel SAN and host connect technology for its recently announced Gladiator 6700 Fibre Channel RAID arrays. MTI will integrate Qlogic?s ISP2100, a 64-bit PCI-to-Fibre Channel controller chip, which contains an integrated RISC processor and on-chip Fibre Channel transceivers. MTI has also combined with Caldera Systems to integrate its OpenLinux 1.3 into the Gladiator array. MTI also announced plans to invest an undisclosed amount of capital in Caldera.
Legato Systems recently an-nounced that its Legato NetWorker for EMC Symmetrix is available for customers running Oracle databases on HP-UX. Legato also partnered with OTG Software;OTG will integrate its DiskXtender online data storage management product into Legato NetWorker software.
Hewlett-Packard announced its HHBA-5100A and HHBA-5101A Fibre Channel host adapters received compatibility approval from Novell to run on NetWare 4.11.
ATL Products announced that its P3000 Series automated DLTtape library is now qualified to operate with version 4.6 of Intelliguard Software?s BuzTool storage management software.
The series is also qualified to operate with HP OpenView OmniBack II 3.0 in Windows NT and HP-UX environments. The combination of the HP OpenView software and the P3000 help is designed for enterprise-class applications, including backup/restore functions or databases. The solution supports on-line backup capabilities and is optimal for large databases such as Informix, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, SAP R/3, and Oracle, Sybase.
The P3000 has also qualified for management by Tivoli?s ADSM application.