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Sun Microsystems Inc. announced that Home Box Office (HBO) is now exclusively using Sun's workflow and storage products. HBO used Sun to make a transition from a video tape-based environment to a server-based storage and play-out system that enables high speed and 99.999% reliability to support its bicoastal network of 28 standard definition and four high-definition channels, as well as on-demand distribution. The new digital content management and delivery infrastructure is comprised of Sun StorEdge NAS systems, Solaris 10 OS, Sun Fire servers, and Sun Java integration with Grass Valley Profile and K2 play-to-air systems from Thomson.
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. BlueArc also announced a marketing partnership with PipelineFX, makers of the Qube! render farm management system, for film production and game development.
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.