Storage Clips: GE archiving system to use EMC Clariion

GE and EMC team up for digital archiving; HDS to resell Brocade switch; CNT router passes IBM test.

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GE archiving system to use EMC Clariion
GE Healthcare today launched Centricity PACS SE, an integrated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) utilizing the EMC Clariion AX100 networked storage system, for filmless, digital workflow in healthcare. Centricity PACS SE includes the features and functionality of GE's industry-leading Centricity PACS Enterprise Edition, yet it is scaled specifically to meet the needs of community hospitals and imaging centers. The new system also makes the imaging process faster and more accessible, according to GE. With PACS SE, all software, hardware and assembly are completed prior to shipping. The system uses Intel-based server hardware and the EMC Clariion AX100 storage system, which allows for the all-online image storage design. It is the first PACS to utilize the Clariion.

HDS to resell Brocade switch
Brocade Communications Systems and Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS) announced that the Brocade SilkWorm 4100 family of 4 Gbps SAN switches will be available through the Hitachi Data Systems portfolio of storage networking products starting December 14th. Certified for operation with the Hitachi Thunder 9500 V Series, the Lightning 9900 V Series and the newly introduced Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, the SilkWorm 4100 SAN switches provide faster data transfer rate than competitive switches, plus full backward compatibility with the world's largest installed base of SANs, according to Brocade.

CNT router passes IBM test
Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT) announced this week that its UltraNet Edge Storage Router has completed interoperability testing with IBM's Enhanced Remote Mirroring for DS4000 products and has been confirmed as IBM TotalStorage Proven. The IBM TotalStorage Proven program builds on IBM's extensive interoperability efforts to develop products and solutions that work together with third-party products. By using the UltraNet Edge Storage Router, IBM's customers can replicate their data over global distances, beyond the capabilities of similar midrange/modular disk systems, reducing the risk of data loss from disasters or other outages.

Crosswalk gets new partners
Crosswalk Inc. announced that eight new channel partners have joined its reseller program in the first month since the company's launch. In addition, the company announced Arrow Electronics Inc. as its primary North American distributor. Crosswalk claims to be the first storage management vendor to focus exclusively on the underserved mid-market, giving smaller businesses the tools they need to manage their data. Eight resellers, with combined annual revenue of nearly half a billion dollars, are currently authorized to sell the Crosswalk Storage Manager. These include: Evolving Solutions, Infosystems, Lewan, MSI, Navigate Storage, RedBridge, STA (Systems Technology Associates) and Total Tec. Crosswalk's products are specifically priced and designed for SMBs, with prices starting at $5,000.

Atto to bring iSCSI to Mac users
ATTO Technology Inc. announced the development of its MAC iSCSI software initiator, enabling Apple users to take advantage of iSCSI technology. With this announcement, IT managers have the ability to deploy cost-effective iSCSI storage networks inclusive of Apple users. Enabling storage consolidation at an affordable price, the MAC iSCSI initiator coupled with any of ATTO's iPBridge products lets users attach existing SCSI storage to an Ethernet IP-based network. Atto claims that this will allow small- to medium-size businesses to maximize their ROI by utilizing existing storage resources as shared storage.

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