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Posted on December 01, 2000


Tantia Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of BETA Systems Software AG, announced an agreement with Hewlett-Packard in which HP will offer Tantia's Harbor Backup and Tantia File Transfer software to its customers. The software enables high-speed transfer of data files between OS/390 servers and open-systems platforms.

SanDisk has made a strategic investment in Divio. Under terms of the agreement, SanDisk has invested $7.2 million for a 10% stake in the company and a seat on its board of directors.

Sun Microsystems and Veritas have introduced Jiro-enabled products. Sun has also premiered the Jiro Enabled Certification Program-the first official process for certifying products for operation in the Jiro Runtime Environment.

StorageWay and EMC have announced an agreement to integrate EMC storage systems with StorageWay's managed storage utility services for Internet-related businesses. StorageWay will incorporate EMC's Infostructure into its offering of managed storage services.

BMC Software has joined McData's FabricReady program and will partner with McData's Lab Services for interoperability testing of BMC Software's PATROL and McData's ED-5000 Director. This Knowledge Module provides administrators with an integrated management platform, enabling them to control applications, operating systems, and SANs from a single console.

Compaq Computer has selected QLogic's GEM359 enclosure management controller chip for its servers and storage systems. The device monitors and manages all physical aspects of server and storage enclosure environments, including fans, temperature, power supplies, light-emitting diodes, and system intrusions. Separately, according to a signed letter of intent, the two companies plan to bring products to market next year that will use Compaq's VersaStor virtualized storage technology to give IT professionals access to thousands of nodes. Also, QLogic ranked fourth in Forbes magazine's list of 200 Best Small Companies, increasing its position from 41 last year.

CrosStor Software and Giganet announced that CrosStor will integrate support for Giganet's VI/IP Ethernet-based networking within CrosStor's Accelerated NAS software. According to the companies, the resulting products are expected to deliver at least a 30% improvement in CrosStor's file-sharing performance over other IP-based solutions.

TidalWire, formerly Polaris Storage Network Services, recently has been spun off as a separate corporate entity. Polaris changed its name to TidalWire in late October. The value-added reseller is focused primarily on

Fibre Channel interconnect products and has inked reseller deals with Atto, Brocade, Crossroads, Emulex, Finisar, Gadzoox, JNI, Pathlight, QLogic, and Vixel.

Hostcentric has selected Storage-Provider to provide $3.4 million in managed storage offerings and professional services, which will enable Hostcentric to ensure business continuity through consistent data management, rapid scalability, and reliable protection. StorageProvider will deliver backup and recovery management services.

KOM Networks will construct a 10,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art R&D facility lab. Located near its corporate headquarters in Kanata, ON, Canada, the building is expected to be completed this winter and will also include office space.

Dell and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance to develop network-attached storage systems powered by PowerVault and Windows 2000. First products should be available early next year.

StorageNetworks has introduced Virtual Storage Portal (VSP) Version 3.0 software, which lets users analyze and monitor StorageNetworks services, including DataPACS, SafePACS, BackPACS, NetPACS, and STORwidth.

Chaparral Network Storage and Veritas Software announced that Chaparral's FS1310 Intelligent Storage Router supports the first phase and initial product release of the Veritas Vertex Initiative-a set of data-protection solutions that use breakthrough snapshot technology to almost eliminate backup windows. The storage router lets companies connect SCSI and legacy storage devices to Fibre Channel storage networks. Separately, ATL announced an OEM agreement with Veritas to supply Veritas NetBackup Version 3.4 and Backup Exec for ATL's LANvault backup appliance.

Dot Hill Systems has signed a reseller agreement with Veritas Software. As an authorized Veritas Software reseller, Dot Hill enhances its capability as a one-stop resource for complete storage systems across North America. Also, Dot Hill and Brocade Communications Systems have established an OEM partnership. Dot Hill will use the Brocade SilkWorm 2800 Fibre Channel fabric switches as the networking foundation for its SANnet SAN solution to provide e-business and carrier-class customers with a fabric-based data-storage environment.

Ecrix has received $20 million in funding from a group of investors led by Denver-based Meritage Private Equity Fund. Ecrix will use the financing to strengthen its presence in new markets and to expand its VXA family. Other investors include Centennial Fund, August Capital, Chase Venture Capital, and Valley Ventures.

QLogic announced the integration of its QLA2200 series Fibre Channel host adapters into Toshiba's Magnia series of servers with direct-attached storage subsystems. The QLA2200 devices enhance Toshiba's server and storage products, offering extensive OS driver and SAN management software support.

TDK Electronics has announced an alliance with Calimetrics to apply the latter's MultiLevel Recording technology to create a new recordable and rewritable optical disc format with three times the capacity and three times the speed of conventional CD/R/RW recording, according to company officials. The first products will be built on the CD/R/RW platform and will reportedly be able to record more than 2GB of data on ML blank discs at 36x and 700MB of data on standard discs at 12x.

StorLogic's StorCom.e NAS appliance has been awarded the "Top Resellers Choice" designation in a recent issue of Computer Technology Review.

OTG Software announced that its DiskXtender storage product is now interoperable with Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel fabric switches, enabling transparent access to application data stored in a SAN.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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