Business Briefs

Posted on April 01, 2001


ADVA Optical Networking and Inrange Technologies have entered into a strategic agreement, whereby Inrange will sell ADVA Fiber Service Platform products under the Inrange IN-VSN Spectrum label. ADVA will contract Inrange for field service and Level 1 and 2 support. Inrange has also entered into a strategic agreement to co-market and distribute Veritas SANpoint Control and engage in other joint initiatives. Beginning this quarter, Inrange will bundle its IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director with a version of Veritas' SANPoint Control.

Vixel and LSI Logic Storage Systems announced that Vixel 7000 series Fibre Channel switches have successfully completed product testing in LSI Logic's verified interoperability logo program. The switches are certified with the LSI Logic's MetaStor E2400, E3300, and E4400 storage systems.

Dot Hill Systems and FalconStor Software have signed an OEM agreement, whereby Dot Hill will offer a custom version of FalconStor's IPStor software with Dot Hill's SANnet product family. Additional joint projects are underway. Separately, FalconStor un-veiled the FalconStor Partner Program at the recent CMP Solution Provider Xchange. The program supports storage industry partners, including storage system integrators, consultants, value-added resellers, distributors, and OEMs. Charter members include Bell Microproducts,, Collective Technologies, Solutions-II, Stornet, Synetex Solutions, Advanced Enterprise Systems, Storage 2000, and Pacific Info Systems.

W. Quinn Associates has licensed its StorageCentral SRM software technology to Microsoft for use with the Server Appliance Kit. The licensing enables real-time storage resource management on Windows 2000-based server appliances, including WebServer Appliances, network-attached storage (NAS), and networked backup-and-recovery appliances. StorageCentral SRM for Server Appliances based on Windows 2000 will enable enterprises to monitor and control storage growth in real-time, identify large volumes of wasted server appliance space, and prevent unauthorized file types from wasting storage space on enterprise server appliances.

BakBone Software and Nishan Systems have entered into a "first-to-market" agreement in which they will jointly market and sell their products. The agreement was announced last month at the Spectra Logic-sponsored IP-Tape conference, where Nishan demonstrated its Storage over IP capabilities using BakBone's NetVault backup/restore hardware. This initiative marks Nishan's first alliance with an independent software vendor in the data backup and restore segment. Additional activities planned by the two companies include conducting further interoperability testing and co-developing network and product architecture offerings.

Crossroads Systems and FalconStor announced an agreement to enter into a strategic partnership to provide complete storage virtualization solutions for the storage networking market. FalconStor will leverage the any-to-any connectivity of Crossroads' conXsan family of routers to deliver storage virtualization across protocols like Fibre Channel and IP, and emerging standards such as iSCSI and InfiniBand. Separately, Crossroads has entered into an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems, whereby Sun will sell Crossroads' Enterprise System Connection channel interface adapters to connect Sun Ultra Enterprise servers and IBM or compatible System 390 mainframes via a high-speed fiber-optic link. The agreement includes Crossroads' 6950 PCI-to-Escon channel interface and software for TCP/IP applications and fast data movement.

Western Digital's Connex subsidiary has formed a new company, SANavigator Inc., to focus exclusively on the storage area network (SAN) management software market. Operating as a separate company, SANavigator will develop software based on its existing SANavigator architecture, pursue strategic partnerships, and market its software through specific sales channels.

Ecrix and Knox Software have unveiled a reseller program, whereby-in collaboration with the Sun Cobalt business unit of Sun Microsystems-they provide complete turnkey storage backup solutions in concert with Sun Cobalt's RaQ 4i and Qube 3 server appliance sales. The reseller program offers an incentive through the use of manufacturing rebates.

sanrise has announced the release of its enterprise-class storage solutions: storagetone delivers access to terabytes of data as a storage-in-demand utility, and storagecel is an enterprise-class SAN-in-a-box.

Constellation 3D and Plasmon will jointly develop manufacturing pro-cesses for mass production of FMD media. This partnership will ultimately result in the first FMD pilot production line, according to the companies.

KOM Networks has announced the first sale of its recently introduced StealthWorx storage virtualization software to an international telecommunications company for CAN$1.5 million. The software operates at the file rather than the block level, allowing it to manage information across the entire storage network. StealthWorx can manage virtual volumes of up to 500 petabytes of information. (For more information about StealthWorx, see InfoStor, March 2001, p. 74.)

Telleo has created thousands of virtual neighborhoods, or "cyberhoods," connecting local businesses and services with their communities. It has tripled the number of Websites in the world, adding more than 100 million sites tied to every listed telephone number in the U.S. At the heart of the infrastructure is a $4 million stress-tested network that harnesses the power of IBM Unix servers and Shark Enterprise storage subsystems.

Storage Access announced that its parent company Bolivar Goldfields Ltd. has changed its name to Storage @ccess Technologies in conjunction with obtaining a listing for its shares on Tier 1 of the Canadian Venture Exchange. Separately, Storage Access has completed its third Storage Network Access Point in Miami. Located at Switch & Data Facilities Co., the facility sits directly on the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas and is one of five Tier 1 NAPs currently serving the North American market.

GiantLoop Network has raised $120 million in Series C funding from venture firms, strategic partners, and technology companies. Financing is being used to continue enhancing customer-facing engineering, professional services, and deployment groups, and extend its operation support system, network control center, and software development capabilities.

Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) vendor JNI has entered into an agreement with Nishan Systems that covers joint research, development, and marketing for the integration of Nishan's Storage over Internet Protocol (SoIP) products with Fibre Channel-based storage area networks. The agreement will extend to the iSCSI standard as it nears completion, which is expected by year-end. JNI officials see SoIP primarily as a means of extending the 10km distance limitation of Fibre Channel.

Computer Associates International (CA) has received a patent for the technical capabilities featured in ARCserve, its data-protection solution for e-business enterprise data assets. The technology tracks data backup processes while using and managing storage media pools. Separately, CA's ARCserve 2000 and ARCserveIT for NetWare environments have been extended to support Compaq's StorageWorks Enterprise Backup Solution family as part of EBS SANPaq for Departments, a tested and certified storage area network data-protection offering.

SwapDrive has purchased Whale-Mail, a Reston, VA-based provider of online file delivery and storage. Under terms of the agreement, SwapDrive will acquire the company, its technology, and customer base of more than 50,000 users.

QLogic will join the Intel Business Advantage Portal through which it will make its Fibre Channel host bus adapters available. The portal provides QLogic with access to approximately 10,000 Intel product dealers in North America.

Astrum Software has raised $5.3 million in financing in its second round of venture capital funding. Led by JMI Equity Fund, others investors include Ironside Ventures and Morgan Keegan. The company will use the investment to expand its SRM development efforts and strengthen sales and marketing.

Inrange Technologies announced a strategic alliance with Storage Access, whereby Storage Access will use the Inrange IN-VSN Virtual Storage Networking family of solutions to provide high-performance and cost-effective services to its customers. Separately, Inrange is partnering with BMC Software to deliver enhanced storage resource management offerings for Inrange-based storage area networks.

Emulex has completed the acquisition of Giganet, which has become the IP Networking Group of Emulex, complementing the company's existing Fibre Channel operations. As a result of the purchase, Emulex can offer a wide range of storage networking technologies, enabling OEM customers to look to a single source supplier for Fibre Channel and IP-based storage networking host bus adapters.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

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