Storage Clips: Copan appoints Mark Ward CEO

Copan named a former StorageTek VP as its new CEO; iQstor announced a low-cost array with the newest drive and connectivity formats.

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Copan appoints Mark Ward CEO
MAID maker Copan Systems announced the appointment of Mark B. Ward as president and CEO. Most recently, Ward was managing partner at Ward Capital LLC. Prior to this, Ward served as vice president and general manager of North American Sales at Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek).

!Qstor debuts 4 Gb FC-SATA II
IQstor Networks Inc. announced the introduction of the iQ2280 4 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) to SATA II array. The system, housed in a 19-inch 3U rack mountable enclosure, features 4 x 4 Gbps host ports (1.6 GBps) and supports up to 15 SATA II disk drives that provide 7.5 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity using 500 GB drives and touts 3 Gbps disk data transfer rates. The storage platform also supports Native Command Queuing, and features hot-swappable components, dual active-active storage controllers with transparent failover, four host ports and RAID-0, 1, 1+0, 3, 5, 50 and 6. Finally, an embedded configuration and management GUI allows snapshot, mirroring, remote replication, storage provisioning and automated capacity growth.

The product is available through iQstor's resellers and business partners. The estimated end user pricing starts at $6,400 with 1 TB of storage, embedded volume manager-based virtualization and system manager.

Acopia touts customers
Acopia Networks announced that Foster and Partners, an architecture and design firm, has deployed Acopia's ARX products to provide NAS virtualization services. Foster and Partners uses the ARX switches to migrate from DAS to Network Appliance FAS3050s, to implement tiered storage, and for shadow volume replication for disaster recovery.

Alacritech partners with emBoot
Alacritech Inc., a maker of TCP offload technology, announced a partnership with emBoot Inc., a supplier of network boot products, to provide netBoot/i software to Alacritech customers. Alacritech accelerators will natively support netBoot/i to enable Windows-based servers to boot directly from iSCSI-based storage.

Emulex signs distribution deal
Emulex announced that the company has entered into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. Ingram Micro, which also distributes IBM and Hewlett-Packard servers, will now offer the Emulex LightPulse line of host bus adapters to its storage reseller customers.

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