Storage Clips: QLogic splits business

QLogic has announced that it will divide its product line between enterprise-level items and products meant for SMBs.

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QLogic splits business
QLogic Corp. announced today that it will divide its product line between enterprise-level items and products meant for small and midsized businesses, dubbed "SAN Express." The SAN Express product line features SANbox Express 1400 switches, SANblade Express 200 host bus adapters (HBA), SANsurfer Express software and SAN Express Starter Kits. A turn-key SAN Express Starter Kit with one switch, two HBAs, software and accessories has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $3,295. The company's enterprise-level products will fall under the label "SAN Pro."

HP shares down after cuts
Following an announcement yesterday that it is cutting 14,500 jobs and overhauling its retirement plan as part of a restructuring designed to save $1.9 billion annually, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) stock fell 40 cents to close at $24.52.

Forrester warns of Europe IT skills deficit
According to a recent report by Forrester Research Inc., the combination of accelerating retirement rates with a significant decline in the number of European students graduating from IT-related courses may lead to an IT skills shortage beginning in 2006. The research firm added that a shift toward outsourcing, and service-oriented training and recruitment would also affect IT staffing.

Aerial mapping firm selects OnStor over NetApp
North West Geomatics Ltd. has installed two OnStor Inc. Bobcat NAS gateways, displacing more than a dozen Microsoft Windows servers, the companies announced today. According to the OnStor announcement, North West chose the OnStor product over Network Appliance Inc. because it was more cost effective.

Silverback promotes IP Security
Silverback Systems Inc., has announced that its dual-port storage network access processor will allow IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) encrypted traffic without compromising performance.

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