Business Briefs

Posted on July 01, 1999


Business Briefs

Compiled by Zachary Shess

The EMC-HP storage relationship is grinding closer to a complete halt. Late last month, Hewlett-Packard announced that its reseller arrangement with EMC will end on June 30. The announcement came only one month after HP said it would continue to resell EMC Symmetrix arrays despite introducing its own high-end array (InfoStor, June, p. 1). According to Marilyn Edling, general manager of HP?s Enterprise Storage Division, EMC did not like the arrangement and felt "uncomfortable" divulging future Symmetrix plans to HP. However, HP will continue to support Symmetrix arrays it has already sold.

Last month, Legato Systems agreed to purchase Vinca Corp., a vendor of high-availability/backup software, for approximately $94 million in cash and swapped stock. The acquisition will enable Legato to expand into mixed NT, NetWare, and OS/2 environments. The deal should be finalized this month; no layoffs are planned.

EMC and Computer Network Technology (CNT) recently enhanced their marketing, service, and support alliance to include support for each other?s services and linked customer support for current product lines. Separately, CNT announced a marketing alliance with storage-management-software vendor SCH Technologies. The two companies also created a product certification program to help customers design SANs with existing storage resources. CNT has certified SCH?s REELbackup and REELrobot suites to work with its UltraNet Open Systems Director and UltraNet Fibre Channel Switch.

Ancor Communications will provide eight-port Fibre Channel switches for Sun Microsystems? StorEdge arrays. As part of the OEM agreement, Ancor issued Sun Microsystems a warrant to purchase up to 1.5 million shares of Ancor common stock at a purchase price of $7.30 per share. Warrant vesting occurs at the rate of one share for each $67 of revenue received from Sun.

Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) announced plans to integrate IBM Ultrium LTO tape drives into its tape libraries.

Under a strategic OEM agreement, CommVault will embed HighGround System?s Storage Resource Manager (SRM) in its enterprise data and storage management software. Comm-

Vault will sell co-labeled versions of SRM with Vault98, and plans to develop a version of Vault98 into which SRM will be integrated.

Veritas Software last month completed its acquisition of Seagate Software Network and Storage Management Group (NSMG). As part of the agreement, Veritas will issue 34 million shares to Seagate Technology for Seagate Software NSMG?s business; the shares are valued at approximately $2.7 billion. Heading up the new 2,300 company are Mark Leslie, previous president and CEO of Veritas Software, and Terry Cunningham, former president and COO of Seagate Software. In a separate release, Veritas and SGI announced plans to deliver Veritas? backup and HSM software to SGI customers.

Imation and CoreData last month announced a co-development pact to produce online backup products and services. Already shipping is Imation Web Backup, an Internet and corporate Intranet-based data backup and recovery software that enables mobile and desktop users to automatically backup files from PCs to a server in regular intervals.

ATL Products unveiled its SiteCare services program focusing on preventative maintenance services. ATL also announced a national distribution agreement with Ingram Micro to sell ATL?s PowerStor DLTtape libraries nationwide.

Ark Research Corp. announced that distributor/integrator Savoir Technology will sell its Ark/2000, a server appliance for remote mirroring enterprise and e-commerce systems across any platform or operating system running over existing WANs.

Chaparral Technologies and Qualstar recently entered into an OEM agreement. Qualstar will integrate Chaparral?s FS1310 Fibre Channel Router into its TLS-4000 and TLS-6000 tape libraries.

Solid Data Systems announced plans to resell solid-state-storage products from WorldStor, including RAID, tape backup, network-attached storage, clustered storage, and storage management software.

Under a distribution agreement, Mercury Computer Systems will supply server/workstation vendor Intergraph Computer Systems with SANergy, its distributed file-sharing software.

Plextor has selected Adaptec as the supplier of interface cards for its latest 8X CD-RW. Adaptec?s bootable 20MBps AHA-2930C Ultra SCSI card will be integrated into Plextor?s PlexWriter 8/2/20.

Mylex Corp. adds CHS Electronics and Hammer Distribution to its list of European distributors. The two companies will offer Mylex?s AcceleRAID controllers. Hammer will also offer Mylex?s eXtremeRAID 1100I RAID controllers for midrange and high-end network servers.

StorageTek integrated its Extended High Performance Data Mover (ExHPDM) suite with Innovation Data Processing?s Fast Dump Restore (FDR) software. The pairing reportedly improves disk-to-tape backup time by as much as 50%.

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