Posted on October 01, 2000


Nishan Systems-one of the pioneers of Storage over IP (SoIP)-last month received an additional $50 million in venture capital, bringing total funding to some $90 million. Investors now in-clude Sun Microsystems, Dell Ventures, Siemens Ventures Capital, Quantum Technology Ventures, and other major storage, computer, and networking companies. Company officials say the news signals strong industry support for SoIP and will help drive rapid adoption of the technology. Later this year, Nishan expects to unveil industry-standard SoIP technology that enables end-to-end storage solutions based on proven networking standards, IP, and Gigabit Ethernet.

At the Intel Developer's Forum, Emulex demonstrated its LightPulse LP9002 Fibre Channel host-bus adapter (HBA), which recently passed IA-64 for Win64, Linux 64, and Monterey. At 2Gbps full-duplex speed, the HBA provides up to 400MBps bandwidth on a single link; it is also backward compatible with the 1Gbps Fibre Channel standard.

Separately, Agilent Technologies demonstrated the interoperability of its SAN products-specifically its 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs-with the IA-64 processor architecture. The IA-64 architecture was developed by Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

CommVault Systems last month announced the general availability of Galaxy Enterprise 2000 release 2.5. The software now supports Network Appliance filers, Novell NetWare, Lotus and Domino/Notes R5, as well as Exchange 2000 applications. The release also integrates CommCellPlus and Microsoft's MMC console for ad-vanced management alternatives.

Veritas Software last month an-nounced Veritas Backup Exec 8.5 for Windows NT and Windows 2000. The release supports SQL Server 2000 and includes enhanced features such as active directory integration, Windows Management Instrumentation, One-button Backup, Windows Explorer integration, NAS support, and Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option.

Quantum's DLTtape division last month announced software support for its SuperDLTtape technology from various ISVs, including Computer Associates, Danz Development, Legato Systems, and Veritas Software.

Benchmark Tape Systems and Hewlett-Packard have partnered to provide low-cost midrange storage solutions to HP customers. HP will integrate Benchmark's DLT1 drive into its SureStore Tape Autoloader 1/9. The DLT1-equipped autoloader will ship later this year. HP's storage line includes QIC/Travan, DDS, DLT, and LTO technologies.

ADIC says it will support Sony AIT-3 technology, effectively doubling the throughput and capacity of its entire line of AIT tape storage products. Equipped with these next-generation drives, ADIC's Scalar 100 library will provide up to 9.5TB of native capacity; Scalar 1000, 22.5TB to 118TB of capacity. ADIC's AML mixed-media libraries will house up to 70,000 AIT-3 cartridges. Sony expects to ship AIT-3 drives mid next year.

The FCIA formally announced a SANmark Qualification and Trademark Licensing Program for Fibre Channel manufacturers and independent laboratories. The program is designed to verify compliance among products from multiple vendors, with the objective of promoting robust, heterogeneous Fibre Channel networks. Vendors who successfully complete the program will be "SANmarked."

Compaq last month became the first vendor to integrate Adapatec's SCSI RAID 2100S controller, Compaq officials say. Compaq will offer the controller in its Deskpro Workstation AP250 and Professional Workstations AP550 and SP750.

Based on Adaptec's Ultra160 SCSI technology, the controller provides data rates of up to 160MBps for entry-level, midrange, and high-end work stations, and has 32MB of SDRAM cache memory (expandable up to 128MB).

Spectra Logic last month announced that its complete line of tape libraries will support Sony AIT-3 drives, when the technology becomes available mid next year. AIT-3 is expected to double the capacity and performance of Spectra Logic automation products with no change in footprint. Spectra Logic will also integrate Sony's new value-line AIT-1 drives into its entry-level Spectra 2000 family.

XIOtech has integrated Gadzoox's Capellix Fibre Channel switch into its Magnitude virtualized storage system. XIOtech has qualified the switch for synchronous remote data replication within a SAN. When combined with XIOtech REDI SAN Links Replicator software and Finisar's Optical Links Extender, replication distances of up to 120km are supported.

Internet hosting and managed service provider Exodus last month announced a reseller agreement with storage service provider StorageWay. StorageWay will provide Exodus customers with enter-prise storage solutions. StorageWay also announced $36 million in "B" round funding last month (total to date $48 million). Investors include Redpoint, Matrix, and most recently Worldview. StorageWay focuses exclusively on Internet-related businesses.

Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Seagate last month successfully completed the independent Ultrium compliance verification testing process for their respective tape mechanisms. Ultrium media formats from Fuji Photo Film and Maxell have also been certified.

Version 1.1 of Veritas Global Cluster Manager and version 3.1 of Veritas Volume Replicator now support HP-UX. Integrating the cluster management and data replication software maximizes application uptime from a single console.

StorageNetworks and European host provider COLT Telecom Group have partnered to market and sell high-availability managed storage services. The two will co-market StorageNetworks' DataPACS, NetPACS, BackPACS, and SafePACs to COLT customers; StorageNetworks, in turn, will include COLT's Internet Solutions Centres in select geographic markets.

By year-end, COLT/StorageNetworks Managed Storage Services will be available through StorageNetworks' S-POPs co-located in COLT's ISCs in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris.

Separately, StorageNetworks an-nounced that it had joined the Cisco Content Alliance, a group of service providers, content owners, and other vendors dedicated to accelerating the development and industry acceptance of content networking services.

Hitachi has selected Interphase's 5540 PowerSAN 2000 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter for its Windows 2000 Enterprise Server Family.

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