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EMC auditioning for the tape encryption bandwagon ... Veritas Backup Exec: Get out your crystal ball ... Has Adaptec bailed on its iSCSI business?

What does the future hold for Veritas' Backup Exec, in light of the company's upcoming merger with Symantec? "We don't know," was senior management's answer to inquiring employees, says a source close to the company. It may seem like heresy, but, according to industry scuttlebutt, Symantec is seriously considering replacing Backup Exec with LiveState Recovery, the backup and recovery suite it picked up with its acquisition of PowerQuest....

Veritas adamantly denies it has any plans of shelving Backup Exec.

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We hear EMC is in talks with storage encryption player Decru about a possible reseller agreement. Storage vendors appear to be jumping on the tape encryption bandwagon as corporate interest in the security technology is piqued in the wake of the Bank of America lost backups brouhaha.
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While Symantec has been busy mulling over how it will integrate Veritas products, Veritas execs have been busy making sure they still have a job when all is said and done. Veritas insiders say the recent reorganization was nothing but gerrymandering designed to secure the futures of Gary Bloom's proteges, Jeremy Burton and Kris Hagerman. The reorganization put Burton, formerly chief marketing officer, in charge of the data management group (NetBackup, Backup Exec), and Hagerman, previously VP of strategic alliances, at the helm of the server and storage management group (Veritas Foundation Suite and clustering products).

Hewlett-Packard (HP) executives have hinted that they might add a file services solution to the company's midrange and high-end disk products, but don't expect them to resell NetApp's NAS gateway. The technology probably won't be developed in-house either, as HP has little to no experience in file systems. Pundits say the company may be looking at OEMing or acquiring ONStor, which makes a clustered NAS file system product, and with whom HP already has a cooperative support agreement.

How low can Cisco go? For its Fibre Channel switches, that is. Apparently, the networking behemoth and Fibre Channel wannabe is in talks with QLogic to resell QLogic's stackable switches, which currently consist of the 2Gb/sec SANbox 5200 and the 4Gb/sec SANbox 5600. Announced a year ago at Storage Networking World, QLogic's stackables feature 16 main ports, plus four 10Gb/sec inter-switch link ports as chassis interconnects.

Has Adaptec bailed on its iSCSI business? Looks like it. After paying $150 million in 2001 for TCP/IP offload pioneer Platys Communications, the company announced last month that it would "ally" with ServerEngines, a privately held startup in Santa Clara, CA. According to the release, ServerEngines will "employ selected Adaptec engineers, license certain technology and acquire certain assets related to Adaptec's iSCSI and TCP/IP offload protocol engines." Hmm. "Sounds like they're doing more than OEMing the technology--sounds like they're buying it," says an observer.

In other iSCSI news, Intel's PRO/1000 T IP Storage Adapter has been discontinued, according to the Web site. QLogic, on the other hand, has an iSCSI design win on its hands. We hear it has licensed its ISP4010, a single-chip iSCSI controller and TCP/IP Offload Engine to EMC as part of its new iSCSI Clariions.

Cisco and EMC keep on getting cozier. The two companies shocked the storage world in January with the news that Cisco would OEM EMC's NS500 and NS700 NAS boxes. Cisco had sworn blind it would never get into the disk business. Word now has it that the firms are discussing the possibility of Cisco reselling the Clariion CX500 and CX700 arrays too. Where will it end? A source close to Cisco hints that the networking giant's ultimate goal is to sell direct and that building deep partnerships with all the storage players isn't part of the plan, despite Cisco's public statements to the contrary.

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This was first published in April 2005

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