Storage Clips: Australian company scales to 3 PB with HDS

An Australian science research organization has enlisted HDS to provide hundreds of TB of storage, as well as services and maintenance, through 2009.

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Australian company scales to 3 PB with HDS
The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) will bolster its storage capacity from 315 terabytes (TB) to 3 petabytes (PB) following a blockbuster deal with Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS). HDS and partner Volante will provide storage services and maintenance to CSIRO for three years from April 2006. HDS infrastructure will also supply three NSC55 storage controllers, three AMS500 storage systems and three Quantum tape libraries. The sites will run HDS's data protection software and use Cisco Fibre Channel switches.

Onaro announces growth
Onaro Inc. announced that new customers combined with the availability of new SANscreen products have accelerated Onaro's growth to more than 300% year over year. First quarter sales drove the strongest quarter in company history, and the company has passed the profitability mark.

Onaro's customers include JetBlue Airways and Countrywide Financial Corp.. Onaro announced Version 3 of its SANScreen Foundation, and also introduced performance and replication monitoring tools last quarter.

EMC to buy back $3B in shares
EMC Corp. said it plans to spend $3 billion this year to repurchase its own shares. EMC's chief executive, Joe Tucci, told analysts Thursday the company plans to continue making acquisitions but said it was looking to slim down.

DPS introduces low-end mirroring
Data Protection Solutions (DPS) by Arco announced a version of its DD4 mirroring box that will work with SATA drives. The new EzRAID Dual Swap+ DD4 is designed to hold two SATA hard drives and fit into any 5.25-inch double drive bay. Users put their SATA drives into the EzRAID Dual Swap+ and connected them to the computer's motherboard with the provided cables. Once connected, data begins writing to both drives simultaneously.

Solix dubbed 'IBM System Storage Proven'
Solix Technologies announced that its Solix Archivejinni has successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM storage environments to earn the IBM System Storage Proven designation Archivejinni can be used for data archiving and management to meet compliance guidelines, regulatory requirements and business intelligence needs using IBM systems.

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