Storage Clips: HP to lay off 14,500

HP announced the details of its new restructuring plan today; Broadcom acquires 10 GbE player; various products integrate and upgrade.

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HP to lay off 14,500
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) announced today that it will cut 14,500 jobs, about 10% of its full-time staff over the next 18 months, as part of a restructuring plan designed to save $1.9 billion annually. The restructuring has been anticipated since former NCR Corp. CEO Mark Hurd was named CEO at HP several months ago.

Broadcom to acquire Ethernet developer
Broadcom Corp. has announced a merger with Siliquent Technologies Inc., a privately held developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network interface controllers for server networking, network storage and clustering applications.

NetApp integrates with Arkivio
Arkivio Inc. announced today that the Arkivio Auto-Stor ILM software has been successfully integrated with the Network Appliances Inc.'s Data OnTap software.

Intel processors get faster bus
Intel Corp. has introduced two Intel Itanium 2 processors with a 667 MHz front-side bus (FSB), which connects and transfers data between the microprocessor, chipset and a system's main memory. Servers designed to utilize the new bus are expected to deliver more than 65% greater system bandwidth over servers designed with current Itanium 2 processors with a 400 MHz FSB. The improved front-side bus bandwidth allows for 10.6 Gbits of data per second to pass from the processor to other system components compared to the 400 MHz model, which transfers 6.4 Gbits of data per second.

QLogic to offer five-year warranty
QLogic Corp. announced a new five-year warranty today for the most popular models in its SAN Pro line of host bus adapters (HBAs) sold through channel partners. The five-year warranty will be packaged as a free two-year extension to the standard three-year warranty. The five-year warranty will apply to new sales of select 2 Gbit models and later this year to 4 Gbit HBAs when they become available.

Acopia releases 2.0 products
Acopia Networks Inc. has announced the availability of version 2.0 of its ARX virtualization software. Version 2.0 adds the ability to build file server clusters and distributed storage grids.

Amtek to support HP3000
Amtek Computer Services launched a program today to support of HP3000 servers, which HP will discontinue at the end of next year. The program includes maintenance plans, a stock of obsolete parts and service. The company estimated that some companies have invested as much as $1 million in HP3000 servers and software.

String Bean updates WinTarget
String Bean Software Inc., today announced the release of a 2.0 version of its WinTarget software for Windows-based iSCSI SANs. The new version includes Microsoft Virtual Disk Services, Windows Server 2003 x64 operating system, Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Version 2.0 and iSCSI SAN Boot.

Infrant upgrades operating system
Infrant Technologies Inc. has announced an updated operating system (OS) for its NAS appliances. The RAIDiator OS is an embedded Linux-based OS designed to work specifically with the Infrant NSP. The upgraded system now supports backups between remote CIFS, NFS, FTP, HTTP Rsync shares, ReadyNAS data and Universal Serial Bus storage shares. The updated OS is available now to existing ReadyNAS users and OEM partners via automatic update or manual download from the Infrant Web site.

German airline uses Sanrad
Germania Airlines has implemented an iSCSI IP SAN built around Sanrad Inc.'s V-Switch 3000 and eSeSIX SATA disk arrays, the company announced yesterday. The company switched to networked storage from a DAS architecture. The new SAN features 1 GB Ethernet connectivity and dual Fiber Channel/SATA disk arrays in an active/active configuration. The system has 1.3 terabytes (TB) mirrored capacity and another 1.3 TB administered as a backup area, with 345 GB used.

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