SNIA beefs up training The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced a new program that provides a standardized, SNIA-certified curriculum across multiple training providers. The first six vendors to participate are Infinity I/O U.S., Infinity I/O Ltd. U.K., The Institute for Software Advancement, Knowledge Transfer, Royer Systems Integration and TSI Learning.
BlueArc touts movie customers BlueArc Corp. announced that C.O.R.E. Feature Animation used BlueArc Titans to store and serve animation data for the Walt Disney Pictures release, "The Wild," which debuted last weekend. C.O.R.E. Feature Animation is using more than 90 terabytes of storage on three Titan systems for the all-CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) feature.
Sepaton, Kashya partner on DR Sepaton Inc. announced that it has teamed with Kashya Inc. to provide continuous data protection for virtual tape libraries (VTL). The joint product consists of Sepaton's S2100-ES2 VTL appliance and Kashya's KBX5000 data protection platform. The American Institute of Physics, already a Sepaton user, has selected the combined product.
EMC rebadges Cisco MDS 9513 EMC Corp. announced the new EMC Connectrix MDS 9513 director, an OEM of a Cisco Systems Inc. product of the same name, which can scale up to 528 ports. EMC also introduced new 4 Gbps and 10 Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules for use in new and existing Connectrix MDS 9000 products. The new Fibre Channel switching modules are also from Cisco.
EMC also announced the EMC Assessment Service for Storage Security and the availability of digital rights management software through its recent acquisition of Authentica Inc.
Emulex shipping in Xyratex Emulex Corp. announced that Xyratex is shipping two new 4 Gbps switched storage enclosures, the Xyratex 4835 and RS-1600-F4 SBOD (switched bunch of disks) that have integrated the Emulex InSpeedT SOC 422.
CNOOC picks Panasas Panasas, Inc. announced that China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has deployed the Panasas ActiveScale storage cluster as it transitions from mainframes to Linux clusters. Panasas scored the CNOOC deal through a partnership with ModernTech Computer & Peripheral Ltd. in Hong Kong.
LightSand and Terasystem partner in Europe LightSand Communications Inc. announced that it has signed a reselling agreement with Terasystem, one of the largest data storage integrators in Southern Europe. Under the agreement, Terasystem will provide LightSand SAN connectivity products to its customers in Italy, Spain and Portugal.