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Posted on March 01, 2000


McData and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) entered into a worldwide reseller agreement under which McData will supply ED-5000 Fibre Channel Directors for HDS Freedom 7700E and 5800 storage subsystems.

Hitachi America named Micro-boards Technology as a North American distributor for Hitachi's GF-1000 Series DVD-RAM drive. Microboards will also carry Hitachi's standard rewritable DVD drives.

ADIC announced that its AMASS storage management software added DVD support with the qualification of Asaca Corp.'s DVD-RAM Digital Virtual Libraries. Users can access up to 60TB of virtualized DVD storage.

Quantum's DLT and storage systems group announced that Storage-Tek will support Quantum's Super DLTtape drive on its TimberWolf and Aegis libraries.

StorageNetworks Inc. recently completed its third round of funding totaling $103 million. The storage service provider has garnered $205 million in funding since August 1998. Lead investors Dell Computer and Global Crossing Ltd. are equal participants in this round. StorageNetworks also named Michael Lambert, senior vice president of Dell's enterprise systems group, and Thomas Casey, vice chairman of Global Crossing, to its board of directors.

NetApp's data filers have been certified by Oracle and Informix.

Ecrix Corp. inked a distribution agreement with Tech Data Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Tech Data will distribute Ecrix's VXA-1 tape drives and media to industrial and commercial OEMs, VARs, and integrators in North America and South America. Separately, Ecrix and Linux Fund co-announced ( The nonprofit web site supports the open source software movement, providing technical information about backup hardware and software for the Linux operating system. All advertising and vendor participation revenues generated by the site go to the Linux Fund, a non-profit organization that supports Linux programmers with devel opment grants and university scholarships.

RAID Inc. agreed to sell and service Overland Data's full line of tape libraries. Overland Data also signed a distribution agreement with Bell Microproducts Canada as it looks to expand presence in the North American market for its DLTtape automation products.

Ultera Systems and Australia-based e-DataGroup recently announced a distribution agreement that calls for e-DataGroup to bring Ultera's products to market through Digital Tape Solutions (DTS), an Australian tape drive and autoloader/library distributor. Sydney-based DTS will supply its resellers with Ultera's full line of tape-array solutions, as well as products from other storage manufacturers, including Quantum, Tandberg Data, Benchmark, Overland, Exabyte, and Ecrix.

nStor Technologies has joined Exabyte's Solutions Partner (ESP) reseller program. nStor certified Exabyte's Mammoth-2 (M2) tape drive for inclusion in its SAN-Sational Storage Solutions architectures.

Micro Design International (MDI) signed a distribution deal with Optical Laser Inc., a distributor of digital video, mass storage, and document imaging solutions. According to the agreement, Optical Laser will serve as a primary source of all MDI storage appliances, including the new Universa appliance framework, a modular hardware platform for building customized storage solutions. All MDI storage products are currently available through Optical Laser and its VAR network.

Smart Storage acquired the Ascent Storage division of Kofax Image Products (Irvine, CA). The purchase price was not disclosed. The terms call for all intellectual property, assets, trademarks, and key engineering personnel of the Ascent Storage business to move to Smart Storage. Kofax officials say the deal will enable the company to focus on its core competencies (e.g., document capture and image processing).

LAND-5 Corp. plans to license its enhanced Linux RAID software under the Mozilla Public License for the entire open-source community. This code includes functionality and performance upgrades that reportedly improve Linux's software RAID performance. RAID levels 0, 1, 4, and 5 are supported.

QLogic's QLA2100 and QLA2200 series PCI-Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) and FTEC hard disk controllers have passed SANMark interoperability benchmark testing recently conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Crossroads Systems and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) entered into a worldwide reseller agreement under which HDS will resell Crossroads' model 4200 Fibre Channel-to-SCSI storage router.

Dot Hill Systems announced a software OEM agreement with StorageTek. STK will bundle Dot Hill's SANpath software with its Shared Virtual Array (SVA) storage system. STK also announced plans to resell Cambex's host bus adapters (HBAs), including the FibreQuik models PC1000 and MC1000.

Cambex reached an OEM agreement with Compaq Computer to help them with heterogeneous host interconnect capabilities for Compaq's SAN architecture.

In a separate announcement, Compaq announced a pay-as-you-go storage program. The Compaq Storage on Demand Program enables customers to pay for storage capacity used on a monthly basis.

Connex and Ingram Micro recently announced a distribution agreement under which Ingram will distribute Connex's hardware and software, including the recently launched N3000 NAS device.

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