Storage Clips: CNL Financial picks NetApp and Decru

The real estate firm went to a tiered storage infrastructure after the recent hurricanes scared them away from tape restores for disaster recovery.

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CNL Financial chooses NetApp and Decru
Network Appliance Inc. (Net App) announced that Orlando, Fla.,-based real estate investment, development and finance firm CNL Financial Group, has implemented a tiered storage infrastructure based on NetApp storage systems. The infrastructure also uses Veritas NetBackup software and Decru DataFort encryption appliances.

"We began rethinking our storage strategy after witnessing firsthand the impact of three consecutive hurricanes in 2004," explained Joel Schwalbe, CNL's vice president of technical services. "At the time we relied on a traditional tape backup strategy. Based on our experience, we know that restoring data from tape to remote backup servers takes at least 48 hours, which was no longer an acceptable timeframe for our business."

NetApp also announced a new reseller agreement with STME. The storage integrator will market, sell and implement NetApp products in the Middle East.

Symantec acquires IMlogic
Symantec Corp. has acquired privately held IMlogic for an undisclosed amount. Symantec plans to add the IMLogic product, which stores instant messages and shores up IM security, to its email archiving boxes.

Qsan adds Microsoft support
Qsan Technology Inc. has announced its controller product lines, the S series (U320 SCSI to SATAII) and P series (GbE iSCSI to SATA II), will now support Microsoft Virtual Disk Service and Multipath I/O with the addition of software agents to either Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003.

South Park chooses Apple for storage
According to an announcement by Apple Computer Inc., the makers of South Park this past season replaced their direct-attached disk backup and tape library with a new LTO-2 tape library from Exabyte Corp. in Boulder, Colo., and three Xserve RAID disk arrays from Apple.

The animated Comedy Central staple found its previous system often took more than a day to back up data, as over the past nine seasons the cartoon series has added a great deal of storage-consuming detail, including backgrounds and crowd shots that can take up to 100 MB of memory each. The show also switched from EMC's Legato Networker backup software to Time Navigator from Atempo Inc.

"We were looking for something with a bit more functionality and less cantankerousness. We had to wrestle with Networker to get it to work," according to J.J. Franzen, technology supervisor at South Park Studios in Los Angeles.

PeakData launches storage services business unit
PeakData LLC, a value-added reseller of enterprise storage products, announced the launch of its Value Recovery Services Business Unit, a consulting service aimed at enterprise storage customers. Services include consolidating data and managing media migrations.

Brocade online community surpasses 20,000 users
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced two milestones in its end-user support and education programs, as its Brocade Connect online community surpassed 20,000 registered users and an IT industry third-party survey ranked members among the top paid in their profession.

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