Business Briefs

Posted on January 01, 2001


Dell Computer is partnering with Imation to establish its most recent Dell Technology Solutions Center (DTSC). Dell will use Imation's SAN Solutions Lab in Oakdale, MN, for validation testing, performance tuning, and scalability testing. Dell personnel and customers can use the lab to simulate "real-world" application and SAN configurations in multi- vendor environments.

The pending combination of Maxtor and Quantum's Hard Disk Drive Group has been cleared to proceed under U.S. and European antitrust pre-merger notification requirements. The companies expect the transaction to be completed in the first quarter of 2001.

Computer Associates and EMC have formed an alliance to offer customers enhanced enterprise storage area network management and security. The companies are cooperating on a number of initiatives, including integrating their respective storage products and hosting joint educational and technology initiatives in early 2001. Separately, EMC and Legato Systems announced last month that they will release Legato NetWorker 6.0.1 with Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) support for EMC's Celerra and the CLARiion IP470 family of network-attached storage (NAS) systems. NetWorker will provide backup/restore support for EMC's enterprise class and midrange file servers to direct- or remotely attached tape libraries or tape drives.

The Fibre Channel Industry Association's 10-Gigabit Fibre Channel working group has completed the core content of its proposed 10-Gigabit Fibre Channel standard, which the ANSI/NCITS T11 technical committee initiated in August 1999.

Emulex has signed an agreement with Compaq to develop a Fibre Channel host adapter to support Compaq's VersaStor technology. The agreement outlines Emulex's intent to define and develop VersaStor-ready products. Separately, Inrange Technologies has certified Emulex's LightPulse Fibre Channel host adapters for use with its IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel director. Also, IBM will resell the FC/9000 director using the Emulex host adapter for increased performance and reliability.

Gadzoox has signed an Inter-national Technical Support Agreement with IBM, whereby IBM will act as a subcontractor, providing Gadzoox customers with help desk/technical support and on-site maintenance.

ADVA Optical Networking's Fiber Service Platform has been certified with Synchronous Data Facility from EMC and Data Replication Manager from Compaq for data-replication applications between remote Fibre Channel SANs.

Overland Data and Enhanced Software Technologies (EST) recently announced that Overland's AIT LibraryPro is certified to run under Linux. EST sponsors and administers the Linux Tape Device Certification Program.

Benchmark Storage Innovations has secured $40 million in funding to address expanding opportunities from major OEM customers, including Dell and Hewlett-Packard. ADIC, Lafe Holdings, StorageTek, and individual investors join Aweida Venture Partners and Quantum in this third round of financing.

Quantum and ADIC announced that ADIC has completed Quantum's Early Engagement Program and is in the process of qualifying Super DLTtape for use in its automated tape libraries.

IBM is slated to receive the National Medal of Technology-which recognizes lasting contributions to America's competitiveness and standard of living-for the company's leadership in developing and commercializing data-storage technology.

ATL and Brocade have established an OEM relationship whereby ATL will deliver, market, and support Brocade Fibre Channel fabric switches as the storage-networking foundation for ATL's storage area networks.

Cranel Imaging has signed an agreement with Rimage to add the latter's recording and surface printing systems to the Cranel product line, enabling users to create and record information to CD or DVD media on demand.

Trimm Technologies and Microtest announced an OEM partnership to provide NAS appliance-enclosure combinations for the VAR and integrator channels. The partnership entails the development of the latest Trimm NAUT4R storage enclosure incorporating an embedded Microtest FileZerver RAID appliance.

ManagedStorage International and EMC are teaming to provide a new storage-delivery model to enterprise and dot-com customers. While offering its customers access to EMC's Proven information infrastructure, Managed-Storage will deploy its Internet command centers around the globe.

QLogic plans to ship Jiro-enabled SANbox switches next quarter. QLogic's Jiro Technology Manage-ment Facade will facilitate the integration of its Fibre Channel switch products into Jiro technology-enabled environments.

Compaq Computer will invest about $100 million to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative storage hardware, software, and utility provider products.

Vicom Systems and Storage-Networks have entered into an engineering-development alliance whereby they will develop storage virtualization technology for StorageNetworks' Global Data StorageSM Network.

Grau Data Storage has signed an agreement with Logicon, a Northrop Grumman company, to provide service and support maintenance for the company's Infinistore Virtual Disk network-attached storage servers and tape libraries. Grau has also announced support for Sony AIT3 technology, which is due out later this year.

Anritsu and SAN Valley Systems have teamed up to provide end-to-end networking solutions for integrating Fibre Channel-based storage area network data and enterprise LAN data over high-speed MAN/WAN links up to OC-48 speeds.

Sun Microsystems and BMC Software will jointly develop a BMC software knowledge module bridge that will interface with the Sun StorEdge T3 array and other StorEdge products. The module will be based on Jiro technology.

Datalink has acquired the Appliance Division of The division has sales offices in Boston, MA, and Raleigh, NC, and has generated approximately $17 million in revenues over the past 12 months.

Advanced Digital Information has announced an OEM agreement with Eastman Software to provide storage options to Eastman's customers and partners. Eastman will include AMASS for Windows NT and AMASS for Unix as an optional advanced component of its Workflow and Imaging products.

The Fuji Photo Film USA's Computer Products Division has announced the production of its 20 millionth DLTtape cartridge at its Fujifilm Microdisks USA manufacturing plant in Bedford, MA. Separately, Fuji is now shipping all of its DLTtape IV data cartridges with a security seal.

Maxoptix has received more than $18 million in second-round funding from investors, including Smart Technology Ventures III SBIC, Hunt Ventures LP, Vahit Yazici, H.T. Ardinger Jr., and Lafe Holdings. The company has now secured more than $30 million, which will be used to complete the final development phase of OSD technology.

Emulex's LightPulse LP8000S SBus Fibre Channel host adapter has been selected and qualified by McData for use with its ED-5000 director. Also, EMC's Data General Division has qualified Emulex's LP8000 host adapters for integration into its AviiON series ccNUMA server.

Comdisco has launched a storage services division, providing customers with end-to-end and vendor-neutral storage solutions. Separately, Comdisco has become a member in EMC's new xSPerience Provider Program, whereby both companies will plan and implement EMC-based storage and pursue joint sales and marketing activities.

Panasonic announced that production of its 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives is being increased to meet growing demand. The rewritable DVD drives have been in short supply because of limited availability of key components and commitments to computer manufacturers.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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