Business Briefs

Posted on July 01, 2000


Last month, MTI Technology and Veritas Software announced some joint development and certification agreements, including marketing and development programs designed to enhance MTI's DataServices software in areas such as data replication, backup, and data management. MTI will also integrate Veritas' software suites, including Cluster Server, Foundation Suite, NetBackup, Storage Appliance and Storage Replicator, with MTI's line of Vivant subsystems. The two companies also intend to conduct cross-certification testing and announced that the RAID component of the Vivant device is now certified on Cluster Server and Foundation Suite.

In August, Seagate Technology will begin its next round of layoffs, following announcements made earlier in the year that the disk-drive maker would have to slash 1,200 positions due to over-capacity and falling prices. About 600 workers in its Anaheim, CA, plant and another 600 employees at its Mexicali, Mexico, facility will be laid off. Production will then be consolidated at its Limavady, Ireland, plant.

Adaptec recently announced plans to spin off its software business unit into an independent and still unnamed company, which includes products such as Easy-CD Creator, Toast, WinOnCD, and GoBack. Company officials anticipate that an initial public offering (IPO) of approximately 15% of the new company's common stock should be completed by the end of 2000.

Hewlett-Packard will utilize Adaptec's RAID technology for its HP NetServer L-Series systems. Within the HP NetServer, HP will brand Adaptec's AdvancedRAID as the HP NetRAID-4M controller. Also, Compaq Computer said it plans to include Adaptec's dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI technology in three of its Alpha servers expected to ship next quarter.

Chaparral Network Storage in May filed suit against Crossroads Systems, alleging that Crossroads unfairly interfered with certain Chaparral customers and other business relationships and "commercially defamed...and disparaged Chaparral products and services."

McData recently announced plans for a $100 million IPO. The company will use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including repaying $1.9 million in debt. Once finalized, McData shares will be traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol "MCDT."

Eurologic Systems officials last month said that its network storage systems are now available with Seagate Technology's new 73GB Cheetah disk drives.

Emulex Corp. recently entered into a worldwide value-added distribution agreement to provide Hewlett-Packard with its LightPulse line of Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs). Compaq also recently qualified LightPulse LP8000 PCI Fibre Channel HBAs for use in connecting Compaq StorageWorks RAID Array 8000, Enterprise Storage Array 12000, Modular Array 8000 and Enterprise Modular Array 12000 storage systems to Windows NT and Windows 2000 servers.

OTG Software announced joint marketing agreements with Chaparral Network Storage and Crossroads Systems. OTG will link its DiskXtender storage software with Chaparral and Crossroads routers.

Benchmark Tape Systems and Tandberg Data recently entered into a co-marketing agreement. Last month, Tandberg began shipping Benchmark's DLT1 tape drive and DLT7 autoloader. Benchmark also agreed to have Ingram Micro distribute its product line to OEMs, VARs, system integrators, and resellers in North America.

Exabyte Corp. announced that Land-5 will feature Mammoth-2 (M2) tape drives and libraries as its preferred backup technology with the InstaNAS, UltraPod, and iCEbox StoragePod Plus network-attached storage (NAS) products. In addition, Exabyte officials said that Tech Data will distribute its M2 tape drives.

JNI recently announced its Emerald FibreStar HBAs passed three compatibility tests for the latest released versions of Windows NT, Windows 2000, NetWare, and Solaris operating systems.

Overland Data has been selected by Compaq as an OEM supplier for an entry-level AIT library for use with Compaq's storage and servers.

Synnex Information Technologies is now distributing Mylex's AcceleRAID and eXtremeRAID RAID controllers to its OEM customers, VARs, and systems integrators.

-Compiled by Zachary Shess

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