Business Briefs

Posted on March 01, 2001

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Cisco Systems has joined a $25 million investment round in StoreAge Networking Technologies, a Haifa, Israel-based maker of appliances that provide virtualization for storage area networks (SANs). For more information on storage virtualization, see the InfoStor Special Report, January 2001, p. 20.

Tandberg Data announced an agreement with Overland Data, whereby Tandberg will purchase design, manufacturing, and future-development rights to the SLR Autoloader. The companies will transfer production of the Autoloader from Overland's San Diego, CA, facility to Tandberg's manufacturing facility in Oslo, Norway.

Advanced Digitial Information has been awarded a contract to provide automated tape libraries for more than 40 U.S. Marine Corps networks worldwide. The contract, valued at approximately $1 million, is for three different models of the company's Scalar series libraries-all integrating AIT2 recording technology.

Sun Microsystems and Brocade Communications Systems announced qualification of the Brocade Silk-Worm family of Fibre Channel fabric switches for interoperability with Sun StorEdge T3 and A5200 arrays and Sun Enterprise and work group configurations.

SwapDrive has completed its $2.65 million Series A financing, which will be used to support additional business and sales channel development, marketing programs, and enhancements to its corporate Website, software, and services. Funding was led by Core Capital Partners.

EMC announced the formation of a multi-faceted organization focused on developing and delivering solutions and services for the growing market for rich media content. The organization will meld several existing EMC initiatives, including EMC Internet Solutions, EMC Media Solutions, and EMC's Service Provider Industry Program. Heading the organization as senior vice president, content and information center markets, is Bill Nelson, former president of Lucent's North America operations.

StorLogic has signed an agreement with Ingram Micro, whereby Ingram Micro can distribute StorLogic's line of StorCom.e network-attached storage appliances in the U.S.

Agilent Technologies announced that its 2GBps Tachyon XL2 Fibre Channel controller integrated circuits and Tachyon software development kit have received SANmark qualification from the Fibre Channel Industry Association. These ICs provide the communications link between storage devices and the Fibre Channel storage area network.

DataCore Software has been named a partner in Interphase's Diamond Developer partnership program. This endeavor provides storage solutions for the integrators, enterprise IT managers, and network architects who build a connectivity solution comprising multiple vendors of open system equipment.

ATL, a unit of Quantum's DLT and Storage Systems Group, announced its Certified Solutions program, which has successfully certified 43 storage area network offerings.

Network Storage Solutions (NSS) will partner with Hitachi Data Systems to provide high-availability customer maintenance services to its clients in North America. Under the agreement, Hitachi Worldwide Customer Services will provide call center, customer maintenance, and logistics support to NSS system integrators and end users of its Thunderbolt product line. Separately, Inrange Technologies has reached an agreement with Hitachi Data Systems, whereby Hitachi will resell Inrange's IN-VSN family of virtual storage networking solutions.

Pathlight Technology and McData have signed a reseller agreement, whereby McData will sell Pathlight's SAN Gateway and SAN Router intelligent storage networking products to expand its own storage area network offerings.

B&L Associates announced that its Vertices tape/media management system now integrates with Legato's NetWorker backup-and-recovery system. Through NetWorker, Vertices provides automatic tape logging for removable media in heterogeneous operating environments.

LAND-5 has certified ICP vortex's PCI RAID controllers with its Linux-based iceNAS software for network-attached storage. End users can manage up to 20TB of RAID storage from an Internet browser using the iceNAS graphical interface.

Exabyte and BakBone Software have announced a strategic alliance with the goal of increasing sales by providing complete solutions to their customer base. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly develop leading-edge solutions for the emerging SAN/NAS convergence market; fully certify Exabyte's line of Mammoth-2 LTO Ultrium tape libraries, Mammoth Tape series tape drives, Fibre Channel libraries, and EZ17, 215, and 110L libraries on BakBone's NetVault across multiple platforms and configurations (in both SAN and NAS implementations); and coordinate marketing activities.

Avnet Hall-Mark is now distributing EMC's Clariion IP4700 network-attached storage and Clariion FC4700 storage area network systems and software.

StorageNetworks, Sun Microsystems, and Exodus Communications are entering into a joint marketing agreement to co-market managed storage services that will be delivered and hosted at Exodus Internet Data Centers. Exodus Services, powered by StorageNetworks and based on Sun StorEdge arrays, Sun Enterprise servers, and Sun software, provide an end-to-end enterprise managed storage service to customers.

QLogic is producing an SBus-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) for Sun Microsystems. Scheduled for introduction mid-year, the Sun offering will eliminate the need for storage area network administrators in mission-critical environments to source after-market products. Separately, QLogic announced that its QLA2200 series Fibre Channel HBA will be used in Compaq's ProLiant servers running in Linux operating environments with connections to Compaq StorageWorks systems.

Raidtec has completed a $16 million round of funding to enhance its brand awareness in the storage networking market, expand its sales and engineering teams, and accelerate product launches.

CMC Magnetics has signed a licensing and sales promotion agreement with 1Vision Software for worldwide distribution of 1Vision's 1Disk file management software system. Under terms of the agreement, CMC has licensed the full version of 1Disk for inclusion with select bundles of removable media. Also, CMC will include either a 14-day free trial version of the system or a download offer for the software. Those who use the trial version can purchase the full version for $29.99 at the 1Vision Website. Separately, 1Vision has received $1 million in funding from Taiwan-based CHC International Investment, a subsidiary of CMC Magnetics.

ITIS Services has opened a regional office in the Orlando, FL, area. The office is equipped with a Solutions Center, which is designed to benchmark technologies and develop, test, and demonstrate client solutions.

StoreAge Networking Technologies has secured a total of $25 million in funding in its second round of financing through investments from Cisco Systems, Genesis Partners, IIS Intelligent Information Systems, Koonras Technologies, Morgan Keegan & Company, and Ophirtech. The round was divided into two phases, the first of which was worth $14 million. The funding is being used to build commercial infrastructure and accelerate efforts to design future-generation products.

Emulex will supply EMC with its Dragonfly chip, which is designed to provide the target connection in Fibre Channel-enabled storage systems. The chip is suitable for mission-critical enterprise applications and features full fabric support, full-duplex operation, data buffering for up to 100km of cabling, and support for all Fibre Channel topologies.

Network Storage Solutions (NSS) will partner with Hitachi Data Systems to provide high-availability customer maintenance services to its clients in North America. Under the agreement, Hitachi Worldwide Customer Services will provide call center, customer maintenance, and logistics support to NSS system integrators and end users of its Thunderbolt product line. Separately, Inrange Technologies has reached an agreement with Hitachi Data Systems, whereby Hitachi will resell Inrange's IN-VSN family of virtual storage networking solutions.

Pathlight Technology and McData have signed a reseller agreement, whereby McData will sell Pathlight's SAN Gateway and SAN Router intelligent storage networking products to expand its own storage area network offerings.

B&L Associates announced that its Vertices tape/media management system now integrates with Legato's NetWorker backup-and-recovery system. Through NetWorker, Ver-tices provides automatic tape logging for removable media in heterogeneous operating environments.

LAND-5 has certified ICP vortex's PCI RAID controllers with its Linux-based iceNAS software for network-attached storage. End users can manage up to 20TB of RAID storage from an Internet browser using the iceNAS graphical interface.

Exabyte and BakBone Software have announced a strategic alliance with the goal of increasing sales by providing complete solutions to their customer base. The companies will jointly develop leading-edge solutions for the emerging SAN/NAS convergence market; fully certify Exabyte's line of Mammoth-2 LTO Ultrium tape libraries, Mammoth Tape series tape drives, Fibre Channel libraries, and EZ17, 215, and 110L libraries on BakBone's NetVault across multiple platforms and configurations (in both SAN and NAS implementations); and coordinate marketing activities.

QLogic is producing an SBus-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) for Sun Microsystems. Scheduled for introduction mid-year, the Sun offering will eliminate the need for storage area network administrators in mission-critical environments to source after-market products. Separately, QLogic announced that its QLA2200 series Fibre Channel HBA will be used in Compaq's ProLiant servers running in Linux operating environments with connections to Compaq StorageWorks systems.

Avnet Hall-Mark is now distributing EMC's Clariion IP4700 network-attached storage and Clariion FC4700 storage area network systems and software.

ITIS Services has opened a regional office in the Orlando, FL, area. The office is equipped with a Solutions Center, which is designed to benchmark technologies and develop, test, and demonstrate client solutions.

StoreAge Networking Technologies has secured a total of $25 million in funding in its second round of financing through investments from Cisco Systems, Genesis Partners, IIS Intelligent Information Systems, Koonras Technologies, Morgan Keegan & Company, and Ophirtech. The round was divided into two phases, the first of which was worth about $14 million. The funding is being used to build commercial infrastructure and accelerate efforts to design future-generation products.

Raidtec has completed a $16 million round of funding to enhance its brand awareness in the storage networking market, expand its sales and engineering teams, and accelerate product launches.

Emulex will supply EMC with its Dragonfly chip, which is designed to provide the target connection in Fibre Channel-enabled storage systems. The chip is suitable for mission-critical enterprise applications and features full fabric support, full-duplex operation, data buffering for up to 100km of cabling, and support for all Fibre Channel topologies.

StorageNetworks, Sun Microsystems, and Exodus Communications are entering into a joint marketing agreement to co-market managed storage services that will be delivered and hosted at Exodus Internet Data Centers. Exodus Services, powered by StorageNetworks and based on Sun StorEdge arrays, Sun Enterprise servers, and Sun software, provide an end-to-end enterprise managed storage service to customers.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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