Storage Clips: Dell to use McData switch

Dell is the latest to join McData's list of partners among server vendors; IBM group eyes data security standards; LeftHand and TimeSpring also announce new partnerships.

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Dell to use McData switch
Dell Inc. will begin distributing two McData Corp. products with its blade servers, the companies announced today. Dell will include McData's blade server switches or 4314 Fibre Channel (FC) switches with its modular server enclosure. This is the latest of several partnerships between McData and server vendors; the company is also distributing switches with blade servers through IBM and HP.

IBM group to consider data-security standards
IBM and a consortium made up mostly of financial companies will be deliberating on an industry "blueprint" for data security. The group, known as the Data Governance Council, will come up with technical standards aimed at protecting companies and assuring their compliance with federal regulatory standards following a rash of high-profile stories on data loss, theft and mismanagement. Council members include: ABN Amro Holding NV, American Express Co., Deutsche Bank AG, Merrill Lynch & Co., TIAA-CREF, Florida's Nova Southeastern University, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank.

Rainfinity kicks off customer service program
Rainfinity has announced it will be kicking off an aggressive tech support and customer service program for its NAS virtualization products. The program will provide customer service, guaranteed response time and increased availability for users. Rainfinity will increase its technical support personnel staff and expand its support lab and training as part of the program, and will launch a Web support portal.

World Vision selects HP
International philanthropy organization World Vision has named HP its preferred technology provider, the companies announced today. World Vision has deployed an HP Superdome server running an HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array to power the organization's new Donor Vision database, to keep pace with a 50-fold increase in donations.

Idealstor releases new backup appliance
Idealstor LLC announced today the release of The FrankeNAS, which combines the Idealstor RAID array with removable ATA drives. The FrankeNAS uses half of its 4U capacity as a RAID-5 array of SATA drives with capacities up to 1.8 TB of native storage. The other half of the unit is configured with up to 4 removable Idealstor drive bays allowing for any capacity ATA drive providing up to 1.6 TB of removable storage.

TimeSpring named Microsoft partner
TimeSpring Software Corp. today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program for its file-based continuous data protection (CDP) software, TimeData, which began shipping for the Microsoft Windows platform in 2004.

LeftHand announces European partnership
LeftHand Networks today announced a partnership with Headway Technology Group Ltd., a business division of European distributor ACAL IT. Headway will distribute LeftHand's SAN, its first iSCSI offering, to its network of resellers and systems integrators in Europe.

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