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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:
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.