Storage Clips: French bank cuts costs with Cisco WAFS

France's third-largest bank is expected to save 50% on WAN costs by centralizing its data.

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French bank cuts costs with Cisco WAFS
Cisco Systems Inc. announced that Arpege, the IT services division of France's third-largest bank, Groupe Caisse d'Epargne, is deploying a Cisco WAFS solution across five technical centers in southern and eastern France. The new infrastructure is expected to help the bank save 50% of wide area network (WAN) infrastructure costs by reducing the need for upgrades to high-bandwidth connections at remote locations that are used to share data across the WAN. Arpege implemented the product to reduce its server estate, as well as address compliance issues. The WAFS product improves data access times for users over a WAN and allowed the bank to consolidate several locations into a centralized data center.

German university picks Panasas
Panasas Inc. announced that the University of Cologne in Germany has deployed the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster to address bandwidth and performance demands on its Linux cluster resources. The Panasas product supports computational research performed on campus, at neighboring universities and at technical laboratories in the region near Cologne. Since deployment, the Panasas Storage Cluster has delivered more than a 30X performance improvement over the university's legacy Network File System (NFS) storage boxes, according to a press release.

Agilysys announces email archiving module
Agilysys Inc. announced it is adding an email archive module to its DataMagine document management product. The new module captures incoming, outgoing and internal company emails for storage in a separate location and for a specified timeframe.

Sanrad scores $10M
IP SAN switch maker Sanrad Inc. announced it has closed a funding round of $10 million from Foundation Capital and other investors. Additionally, Ashmeet Sidana, venture partner with Foundation Capital, has joined Sanrad's board of directors.

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