Storage Clips: HP nabs Brocade 4 Gbps ASIC for BladeSystem

Speeding up the connectivity of its BladeSystem product, HP will embed Brocade's new 4 Gbps ASIC; Acopia nets $25 million.

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HP embeds Brocade 4 Gbps ASIC in BladeSystem
Hewlett Packard Co. is taking Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s latest 4 Gbps Fibre Channel ASIC and embedding it into its BladeSystem. The Brocade switch module will be shipped to HP in the first quarter of 2005 and will be available to users in the second quarter. HP officials said the increased bandwidth will help backup applications once tape drive technologies take advantage of the new speed. Roughly 7% of HP's Proliant server and MSA storage business is on the BladeSystem today, and it projects this will grow to 50% by 2008.

Acopia nets $25 million
File virtualization switch maker Acopia Networks Inc. has closed $25 million in additional funding, bringing its total capital raised to date to approximately $65 million. The third round of financing was led by Goldman Sachs as a new investor, with participation by prior investors Charles River Ventures, Accel Partners, STAR Ventures and Vesbridge Partners.

NetEx claims fastest storage application accelerator
NetEx has launched its HyperIP appliances designed to alleviate TCP/IP degradation associated with long-distance data transfer. NetEx says it has tested the system operating at simulated distances up to 46,000 miles. It works with EMC SRDF Adaptive Copy & SRDF/A, Veritas Volume Replicator/NetBackup, NetApp SnapMirror & SnapVault, IBM TSM and associated applications such as Oracle DB RSync, Microsoft Exchange and others.

Sonasoft improves Windows backups
Sonasoft Inc. has unveiled SonaSafe Point-Click Recovery for File Systems, a data protection management console for Microsoft Windows file systems. Sonasoft's bare metal recovery and open file backup and recovery capabilities enable business operations to continue with minimal interruption, the company claims. In addition to rapid recovery of files to the point of failure, the application can also go back to a point in time for quick data recovery. SonaSafe works with Windows NT, 2000, 2003 and XP operating systems. SonaSafe for File Systems is available now and is priced at $1,295 per server. SonaSoft application software is $1,995; users can purchase SQL, Exchange and File Systems agents to run from a central location. The agents for SQL and Exchange are $995 per server.

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