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PT. Bank Lippo, Tbk (LippoBank), Indonesia's first private bank, has implemented a SAN from Cisco, the companies announced. The Fibre Channel-based SAN with IP integration replaced a mixture of storage systems and servers for customer account information and internal records. The system features Cisco MDS 9506 multilayer directors connected via IP links to enable synchronous and asynchronous backups between the production sites and the disaster recovery sites. Each Cisco MDS 9506 director links the IBM pSeries 570 server, xSeries servers, mainframe zSeries server and 3590 tape drives with an IBM Enterprise storage server.
Startups cobble together CAS
BridgeHead Software announced a new archiving platform that combines its HT FileStore software with Plasmon's optical storage, and, it claims, enables resellers and integrators of data storage and archive solutions to build content-addressed storage (CAS) archives on the cheap.
Nexsan and Disc GmbH announced a similar combined storage product for fixed content that features Nexsan's Assureon storage system and Disc's optical libraries with blue laser recording.
Promise introduces 16-port SATA RAID
Promise Technology Inc. introduced 16-port SuperTrak EX16350 and EX16300 RAID controllers. The new controllers provide RAID-6 protection with hardware acceleration and 3 Gbps throughput as laid out in SATA II specifications.
The controllers also include PCI-E (EX16350) and PCI-X (EX16300) host bus interfaces; Linux drivers; support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and JBOD; Intel IOP333/IOP331 I/O processor; multiple logical drive and multiple LUN support, enabling users to combine different RAID levels on one set of disks; multiple application and OS support on the same storage system; automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive; online array expansion and RAID level migration; and an optional battery backup module to protect cached data.
The SuperTrak EX16350 will be available in March with a suggested list price of $849. The SuperTrak EX16300 will begin shipping in April.
Xyratex qualifies Seagate
Xyratex Ltd. announced it is the first storage subsystem manufacturer to qualify and integrate Seagate's 146 GB Cheetah 15K.4, 4 Gbps Fibre Channel disc drives. Seagate's Cheetah 15K.4 disc drives have been integrated into Xyratex's RS-1600-F4-SBD 4 Gbit storage system.
Emulex named Microsoft Gold certified partner
Emulex announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in OEM Hardware Solutions. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive benefits, including access, training and support.
Reldata signs Spanish distributor
IP storage gateway maker Reldata Inc. announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Sisnor, a Spanish value-added distributor. Sisnor will launch Reldata IP storage gateway products in Spain, Portugal and Andorra.