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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.
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