NetApp, Cisco partner on wide area file services (WAFS)
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NetApp supports Cisco WAFS
Network Appliance Inc. and Cisco Systems have announced interoperability between Cisco's wide area file services (WAFS) product, dubbed the File Engine Series and NetApp's FAS primary storage systems, NearStore and V-Series appliances. Cisco's product will consolidate remote enterprise data from branch offices to a corporate data center; NetApp storage systems will store the consolidated data. NetApp and Cisco will also share tech support and customer service duties.
The partnership comes several months after EMC surprised the market with its announcement that Cisco would resell its NAS boxes in conjunction with the Cisco File Engine product.
Supermicro, Fujitsu release SAS server
Motherboard and chassis manufacturer Supermicro Computer Inc. is combining forces with Fujitsu to make SAS servers, the companies announced. As a part of their collaboration, Fujitsu recently tested a Supermicro server system running 15 Supermicro M28E1 storage mobile-racks that hosts a total of 120 Fujitsu SAS hard drives under a single SAS controller. Supermicro is launching a complete line of SAS-compatible products, including servers, serverboards, chassis and storage mobile-racks.
RAID Inc. introduces SAN/NAS RAID 10
RAID Inc. has announced SAN/NAS Fusion, a product which combines a NAS gateway with a SATA-2 network RAID level 10 SAN. Fusion combines features of the storage gateway such as file sharing, volume copy shadow services, multipathing and clustering with features of the SAN including higher performance, faster reads and writes, scalability over 100 terabytes (TB) and multiple mirror sets. The product, the company said, came as a response to customers' need to add storage to an existing network with an active directory of services from a single console at performance levels near that of Fibre Channel (FC).
LSI Logic supports 4 Gbps FC and SAS
LSI Logic introduced the latest version of its MyStorage management software with support for both 4 gigabit per second (Gbps) FC and SAS interfaces for LSI Logic FC and SAS HBAs. The software can manage both 2 Gbps and 4 Gbps FC and SAS and will be available to end users later this month.
Gilroy To Leave HP
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s head of marketing for SMBs, Kevin Gilroy, will leave the company Sept. 30 as the company continues its massive reorganization. According to reports, Gilroy's position was cut as part of HP's plan to eliminate its Customer Solutions Group and transfer the group's sales and marketing functions to individual product units.
Overland hires former StorageTek VP
Overland Storage Inc. announced the appointment of former Storage Technology Corp. vice president of reseller channel sales and marketing George Karabatsos to its executive team as vice president of worldwide sales. Karabatsos will oversee the organization's global sales efforts; Overland sells exclusively through resellers.