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Second generation of NeoPath's File Director offers support for 3 Gbps throughput; AmeriVault offers compliance service.

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Second generation of NeoPath's File Director offers support for 3 Gbps throughput; AmeriVault offers compliance service.


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NeoPath speeds up File Director
NeoPath Networks announced an update to its FD-220 File Director today, boosting its throughput speed from 1 to 3 gigabits per second (Gbps). The company has also improved its graphical reporting capabilities. The FD-220 File Director is priced at $39,995 for a single-node; the File Director is priced at $69,995. Both are available immediately.

Stay tuned for a story on another announcement today from NeoPath -- a new partnership with storage reseller SANZ, a subsidiary of SAN Holdings.

AmeriVault, AXS-One launch compliance outsourcing
AmeriVault Corp. and compliance software maker AXS-One Inc. announced the launch of AmeriVault Archive-Comply, an outsourced service that manages offsite archiving that meets regulatory compliance standards. The program retains and disposes of electronic records, such as e-mail and instant messages, and includes case management and legal discovery capabilities. The service is available immediately and will be priced based on the number of mailboxes and storage volume.

IBM, Engenio integrate Emulex
Emulex has announced that its host bus adapters (HBAs) will be integrated into IBM's eServer as well as Engenio's Fibre Channel (FC) controllers. The Emulex LP1005DC FC HBA, designed specifically for IBM eServer BladeCenter servers, has been certified as interoperable by IBM, and is available now (IBM part number 39R9550).The Emulex 4 gigabits per second (Gbps) InSpeed SOC 422 embedded storage switch, meanwhile, has been integrated with Engenio Information Technologies Inc.'s 6998 4 Gbps FC storage controller. The Engenio 6998 controller is also currently available.

NEC to offer Promise FastTrak
Promise Technology, Inc. announced that an upgraded version of its FastTrak SX4100 Serial ATA (SATA) RAID controller is now available as a standard configuration option for customers purchasing NEC Corp.'s Express5800 servers. The SX4100 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10 for SATA disks.

Benchmark launches remote erasure
Benchmark Technology Group announced the release of software called Remote Erasure Management (REM), which makes it possible to schedule or immediately erase computers and hard drive data from a remote location. There are various levels of erasure available with REM, including several Department of Defense standards. The product also includes auditable reporting and PC documentation of the erasure process. According to a press release, the product is the result of a partnership between Benchmark and Marietta, Ga.-based Absolute Data Security, LLC, the U.S. distributor of Blancco data erasure products.

Retail Ventures chooses BakBone
BakBone Software has announced that Retail Ventures, Inc. (RVI) has deployed its NetVault disk-based backup product for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. RVI is the parent company of DSW Shoe Warehouse, Filene's Basement and Value City Department Stores. RVI purchased the BakBone software through Cleveland-based reseller Chi Corporation, which also sold them SyncSort's Backup Express and Computer Associates' ARCserve Software. The BakBone product will begin managing a 14 terabyte (TB) data pool, which RVI expects to grow 20% annually. Besides SUSE Linux, RVI's data center uses Red Hat Linux, Microsoft Windows and Sun Solaris operating systems.

BWise updates compliance software
BWise has announced a new release of its flagship product, BWise 3.1 Service Pack 1. New features include management dashboards and best-practice reports and multi-lingual functionality, including simplified Chinese and Japanese. New compliance standards supported by the software include COBIT, COSO and ITIL.

CA to host SNIA training
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today that Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) will host its educational offerings at its 17 training facilities starting in August. CA will also provide marketing support to promote the classes.

Avamar names new chairman
Avamar Technologies, Inc. announced the election yesterday of David W. Hanna as the company's new chairman of the Board of Directors. Hanna currently is chairman and CEO of Hanna Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm, and also sits on the Board of Directors for Tropos Networks, Blue Coat Systems, Internet America, Handmark and InfoGain Corporation.

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