Storage Clips: Hitachi and HP offer 300 GB drives; NetApp issues security advisory

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Hitachi and HP offer 300 GB drives
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Hewlett-Packard Co. announced the first 300 GB Fibre Channel and SCSI disk drives. HP will offer the Hitachi Ultrastar 10K300 Fibre Channel drive in the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) and the Ultrastar 10K300 SCSI drive in HP ProLiant servers and the HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) family.

Emulex and Brocade expand partnership
Emulex Corp. and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. have expanded a multi-year strategic partnership to simplify the deployment of SANs in enterprise, midrange and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB). The companies said they would co-develop a SAN management wizard to integrate installation and management of Emulex HBAs and Brocade Fibre Channel switches into one interface. "We're looking to make SANs easier to use," Doug Rainbolt, Brocade's VP of transport business, told Byte and Switch. "The biggest complaint we've had from SMBs is they want us to make things easier."

Network Appliance issues security advisory
Network Appliance Inc. issued an Internet security advisory to help customers defend against rising spyware threats. Spyware (also known as adware, sneakware, snoopware or malware) is any technology that aids in gathering information on the Internet about a person or organization without their knowledge. NetApp is teaming up with various security companies to help ensure that its storage offerings can protect against these kinds of breaches.

Breece Hill announces acquisition of Avail
Breece Hill LLC has acquired Avail Solutions, a data migration and management software company located in Escondido, Calif. Breece Hill selected Avail software as the foundation of its iStoRA 4000, a disk-to-disk-to-tape device launched in May. With the integration of Avail, Breece Hill said it can now answer the demands for backup, recovery, data protection, disaster recovery and data management services from a single vendor.

BlueArc launches global channel partner program
BlueArc Corp. announced the launch of an enterprise-level channel program for sales partners throughout North America and Europe. Current members include Accunet Solutions, CCNY, Root Cellar and Structured Communications among others. The program combines training, technical, and sales and marketing support programs with financial incentives to enable partners to more effectively sell BlueArc's products. The company also confirmed this week that its CTO, Geoff Barrall is scaling back his role at the company to join the boards of other startups.

Data Domain offers replication product for disk backup
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Data Domain unveiled Data Domain Replicator, an add-on software package to its DD200 Restorer D2D recovery appliance that uses the company's compression technology to reduce bandwidth needs. Rather than transporting tapes to remote storage facilities, Replicator provides network vaulting so that client data is protected at remote offices and sites. "Replicator is not going to reduce the number of backup licenses you have at remote sites, but it will make those deployments more efficient," said Brad O'Neill, senior analyst and consultant with the Taneja Group.

Atempo launches e-mail manager, partners with iLumin
Atempo, Inc., announced Mailbox Manager for Microsoft Exchange, which helps companies manage growing volumes of e-mail,while helping them comply with regulatory demands to retain internal and external communications. In addition, Atempo said it would partner with iLumin Software Services, Inc., a provider of e-mail archiving solutions.

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