LSI buys SATA chipmaker SiliconStor

LSI will acquire SiliconStor for $55 million in cash; NetApp profits slip; Brocade pushes interop with McData.

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LSI buys SATA chip maker SiliconStor
LSI Logic announced its intention to acquire SiliconStor, a privately held company that makes multiplexer chips for enterprise storage networks, for $55 million in cash. SiliconStor makes an active-active multiplexer -- a chip that makes single-port SATA drives look like dual-port drives, doubling bandwidth. SiliconStor is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., and has approximately 30 employees.

NetApp profits fall, stocks up
Network Appliance (NetApp) reported this week that profit for its third fiscal quarter came in at $66.5 million, down 13% from the $76.4 million it earned in the third quarter a year earlier. The gap was attributed to increased operating expenses. The earnings results still beat analysts' experts, and NetApp predicted strong sales through its fourth fiscal quarter, impressing investors. Shares rose 4.1% to $39.99 in Nasdaq trading Thursday afternoon.

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Brocade pushes forward with interoperability
In its second such announcement in as many weeks, Brocade announced a new switch model and new interoperability between its products and those of the newly acquired McData. The new Brocade 5000 switch, originally a McData product, can now be used with Brocade fabrics. Brocade's SAN Health reporting tool will now work with McData equipment.

EMC releases mainframe disaster recovery software
EMC officially released its EMC Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (EMC GDDR) software, which automates failover and restart operations in multisite IBM mainframe environments running Symmetrix DMX-3 storage arrays. The software will be available with three-site mainframe configurations sometime before the end of the first quarter.

IBM offers mini-T1120
IBM today announced a $30,000 version of its T1120 tape library with encryption built in. The IBM System Storage TS3400 tape library uses TS1120 tape drives, but starts at 18 drives, as opposed to the high-end TS3500 library, which starts at 58 drives. IBM also announced a $4,830 Cisco MDS 9124 switch for its midrange storage. The switch scales from eight ports to 16 ports to 24 ports.

Sepaton scales down
Sepaton announced that it has added a new DeltaStor virtual tape library (VTL) appliance for small and midsized businesses (SMB) and also unveiled the S2100-ES2 Series 500 and the S2100-DS2, the second generation of its SMB VTL. The S2100-DS2 DeltaStor appliance is available with 7 terabytes (TB) of physical usable storage that can protect up to 200 TB of data after deduplication in a 3U form factor for a starting list price of $75,000. The S2100-ES2 Series 500 VTL adds 4 Gbps Fibre Channel, and its physical capacity now scales from 7 TB to 2 petabytes (PB) with compression turned on; pricing starts at $59,000. The S2100-DS2 departmental and remote office VTL is available in 3.5 TB and 7 TB configurations for a starting list price of under $18,000. All products are available now.

BakBone adds Exchange reporting
BakBone Software announced the availability of NetVault: Report Manager version 3.5, which adds reporting and forecasting on Exchange server storage usage and database growth. Other updates mean users can receive alerts regarding potential corporate network abuse and track mail delivery times. Users can also take action based on the reports, provided they are also running BakBone's NetVault Backup software.

Neoscale buddies up with Symantec, HP
Encryption vendor NeoScale announced that its CryptoStor tape encryption appliance has been qualified by Symantec and Hewlett-Packard (HP) within their respective interoperability programs.

FilesX supports 64 bit
Continuous Data Protection provider FilesX announced the availability of its Xpress Restore data protection and recovery software on Windows-based 64-bit technology platforms. In addition, the software will run on HP Integrity servers. The company's Xpress Restore products are now available on the new HP Integrity BL860c server blade and entry-level rx2660 server.

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