Storage Clips: Cisco terminates EMC NAS agreement

Cisco has killed its OEM deal with EMC under which it resold the storage vendor's NAS products, citing a more expanded relationship to come.

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Cisco kills EMC NAS deal
According to a notice on its product Web site, Cisco Systems Inc. has decided to discontinue its deal to OEM EMC's NAS gear. The deal was announced last year and meant to go hand in hand with Cisco WAFS products. Cisco has insisted this is not a sign of trouble in paradise between it and EMC; in a statement, the company said "The NAS end-of-life notice is a first step in a broader Cisco/EMC relationship that will deliver a more tightly integrated sales and marketing effort." Analysts are more skeptical, suggesting that Cisco sold few, if any, of EMC's NAS boxes.

VMware announces Infrastructure 3
VMware Inc. launched VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of its software suite incorporating four new products -- VMware VMFS, a distributed file system; VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS); VMware High Availability (HA); and VMware Consolidated Backup. VirtualCenter is designed to handle three times the number of hosts and virtual machines under management compared to previous releases; DRS and VMotion can now dynamically aggregate hardware into resource pools for high availability and load balancing; VMware HA is designed to eliminate single points of hardware failure; and Consolidated Backup simplifies data protection by offloading backup to a centralized server. Offloading backup allows ESX Server to run more virtual machines by reducing its load and enables backup to safely occur during production hours. Four-Way Virtual SMP capabilities enable virtualization of large enterprise applications that can scale four virtual CPUs and 16 GB of memory.

Other new features include native support for iSCSI SAN and NAS; topology maps and centralized configuration of ESX Server hosts; power management capabilities; security controls; auditing capabilities; and administrative role separation. The new version expands virtual machine capacity limits by over 50%, and, VMWare claims, improves performance for targeted workloads and usage scenarios.

VMware Infrastructure 3 has been in beta since October, 2005 and has had more than 6,400 participants. The product will be available this month.

Companies including AMD, BMC, Dell, EMC, EqualLogic, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, NetApp, Sun and Unysis have all announced support for Infrastructure 3.

Encryption companies announce new features
Decru Inc. unveiled version 2.5 of its key management platform, the Decru Lifetime Key Management 3.0 Appliance. The new version of the appliance, which has been shipping since mid-2003, adds integration capabilities for third-party encryption products. Decru also announced today that Symantec Corp. and Quantum Corp. have joined as charter members of the Decru OpenKey partner program, which provides a framework for development of standards-based multiparty encryption products.

In other news, PGP Corp. announced PGP NetShare, file system encryption that protects at the file level when a file is created, rather than locking folders. Because of this granularity, PGP says, file encryption will follow files dragged between folders and onto external storage devices. NetShare will be available in English, German and Japanese in early Q4 2006 through PGP's global network of partners. Pricing begins at US$149 for a single unit. PGP NetShare is also available in bundles with other PGP applications.

Tech Data resells NetApp StoreVault
Tech Data Corp. announced that Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) has named it the only U.S. distributor of NetApp StoreVault storage products designed for the small to midsized business market.

Through its StoreVault channel program, NetApp has established a team of dedicated sales and technical specialists to support StoreVault resellers purchasing through Tech Data. Beginning June 8, resellers will be able to access the StoreVault Web portal, partners.storevault.com/register.aspx, where they can begin the authorization process, purchase preconfigured or customized products, research product information and review program or promotional opportunities.

EVault announces e-discovery service
EVault Inc. has introduced EVault Insight, a new managed electronic discovery service for regulatory compliance, retention and litigation. The new offering has two service options; EVault Insight File Conversion Service, meant for firms with smaller review projects and provides file conversion services to TIF or PDF, the formats most commonly required by litigation-management software. Keyword searches and document deduplication can also be performed prior to conversion. The other option, the Online Review Service is a Web-based, hosted document repository and review service allows a litigation review team to manage millions of documents from a secure Web site, accessible any time, from anywhere via the Internet, through a Web tool that operates like popular search engines.

EVault customarily makes new offerings a managed service only, according to vice president of product marketing Richard Heitmann, but he said partially managed or wholly customer-managed software options for Insight could be available once the first service is rolled out.

HDS OEMs 64-ort switch from Brocade
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS) will be reselling its SilkWorm 4900 SAN switch. The switch, capable of scaling from 32 to 64 ports in a single domain, is being offered by HDS with its line of intelligent network storage controllers, the TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, the TagmaStore Network Storage Controller and its midrange line of Adaptable Modular Storage systems.

Softek adds Linux support
Softek Storage Solutions Corp. announced that its Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) will now support backup from Linux hosts. Softek TDMF IP supports version 3.x of the Red Hat Linux operating system. Softek also has become a member of the Red Hat Ready independent software vendor partner program.

Steel producer consolidates on McData
Pohang Iron & Steel Co. has consolidated onto a McData Corp. infrastructure, the switch vendor announced. Pohang, the world's largest steel producer, implemented McData's Intrepid 10000 director switch and consolidated its Bundang, Kwangyang and Pohang data centers using an Eclipse SAN router, Intrepid 6140 and SANavigator management software.

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