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NeoPath Networks announced that Blackboard Inc. has deployed its File Director appliance to manage its rapidly growing 100 terabyte tiered storage environment. Blackboard, which makes software and offers a managed hosting service for the education industry, is using NeoPath's File Director to get a handle on data across three data centers. The File Director allows it to classify files and automate policy-based migration between tiers of storage, even during client access. The File Director also provides namespace virtualization. Many users say that a tiered storage system requires an additional tool or new thinking about how to manage data: see also, Users get mixed results tiering storage, April 7. Asempra does CDP for CD & L
Asempra Technologies announced that shipping company CD&L has implemented the Asempra Business Continuity Server (BCS) to protect its Windows environment. CD&L is using Asempra's BCS to protect Microsoft Exchange data, SQL databases and Windows file servers.
Ontrack adds Mac recovery
Ontrack Data Recovery has developed new Mac-specific recovery tools that allow Ontrack engineers to recover more data, offer improved reports, handle larger volume sizes, support more languages, and provide faster return of data for Apple customers. In 2005, Ontrack, which does outsourced recovery of data from damaged disks, experienced a 17% increase in Mac recoveries, according to the company.
Crosswalk Inc. announced the launch of the iGrid Intelligent Storage Grid System. IGrid enables any application to access any authorized storage resource, any iGrid node to access any and all file systems, and all users to concurrently access any data they need for collaborative projects. The company says it expects its grid system to compete with similar products from Ibrix and Isilon.
Riverbed appoints new execs
Riverbed Technology announced the addition of two new executives to its management team. John Martin, a seven-year Network Appliance veteran joined Riverbed as vice president, product management. Steve Miller, a marketing expert with experience at both Fortune 500 companies and technology startups, has joined the company as vice president, corporate marketing.
3Par raises $30M 3Par announced that it has secured $30 million in equity financing, its first fundraising in more than two years. New investors in 3Par include lead investor Integral Capital Partners, AllianceBernstein LP (formerly Alliance Capital) and Open Field Capital. Integral Capital invests in information technology and life sciences companies that have completed the start up phase.