Storage Clips: StorageTek and Quantum mend fences

Quantum and StorageTek have signed a cross-patent license agreement settling all legal claims related to a patent infringement suit filed by StorageTek.

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StorageTek and Quantum mend fences
Quantum Corp. announced that it has entered into a cross-patent license agreement with StorageTek and settled all legal claims related to a legacy patent infringement lawsuit StorageTek filed against Quantum before Sun acquired StorageTek in August 2005. The April 2003 lawsuit related to the use of an optical servo system in Quantum's SDLT tape drives. Under the cross-license agreement, Quantum and StorageTek will have license to a limited number of the other's patents. Sun has dismissed the StorageTek lawsuit against Quantum, and Quantum has agreed to pay Sun a total of $25 million -- $20 million in the current quarter and the remaining $5 million over the next five quarters.

IBM updates midrange SANs
IBM announced new updates to its line of storage product offerings for small and midsized businesses. The new features mainly affect IBM's System Storage DS4000 Series. Highlights include:

  • A new 4 Gbps expansion unit for the DS4000, called the EXP810, a 16-bay disk enclosure with up to 4.8 TB capacity, more than double the capacity of the prvious EXP710 expansion unit.
  • A switch on the DS4000 EXP810 enclosure allowing speed selection -- either 2 Gbps or 4 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity.
  • Automated backup and restores for Microsoft Exchange using Volume Shadow Copy Service.
  • Microsoft Simple SAN designation for the IBM System Storage DS4100 and DS4300.
  • BlueArc announces Titan II customer
    BlueArc Corp. announced that Document Technologies Inc., a document outsourcing company, has selected its Titan 2200 Storage System to store electronic data required for corporate litigation. (For more on the Titan 2000 series or Titan II, see Users seek further updates from BlueArc, Feb. 6.)

    Sonasoft offers new CDP
    Sonasoft Corp. announced the availability of SonaSafe Point-Click Recovery for File Systems. The Windows-only continuous data protection (CDP) product offers image-level backups, bare-metal restores and open-file backup and recovery.

    Oxford markets USB/FireWire SATA storage controller
    Oxford Semiconductor Inc. announced a Universal Serial Bus (USB)/FireWire dual SATA storage controller with encryption. The OXUF924DSE uses hardware-enabled encryption and has a data transfer speed of 80 Mbps.

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