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QLogic to channel adapters through Tech Data

QLogic Corp. has signed an agreement to sell its PCI-based Fibre Channel host bus adapters through the Tech Data Corp.'s network of resellers and systems integrators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

QLogic Fibre Channel host bus adapters control the flow of data between storage systems, tape libraries and network servers. The adapters, which outsold all other competitive products last year according to Dataquest and IDC, are backed by QLogic's Active Response support program and its Reseller Connection.

Active Response includes the industry's only three-year warranty and 24-hour replacement program for Fibre Channel adapters. QLogic Reseller Connection provides VARs and integrators with numerous product information tools such as marketing bulletins, hardware and software compatibility listings and interactive configuration tools. www.qlogic.com. www.techdata.com.

U.S. Census Bureau taps MTI for critical data protection

MTI Technology Corp. says the U.S. Census Bureau has extended its investment in MTI enterprise storage solutions to protect the massive amounts of data that will impact most American's lives for decades to come.

MTI has been working with the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau for the last five years to protect its critical data and assure its availability. Supporting a UNIX server running SAS applications, MTI presently provides multiple terabytes of Fibre Channel based, high-availability, fault tolerant enterprise class storage.

MTI's Vivant's SAN and NAS architectures provide a completely integrated, full-service storage solution. Driven by MTI's patented parallel RAID engines that can support more than 16 high-availability servers, the Vivant family of storage solutions sets the standards for scalability, flexibility and connectivity, as well as optimum performance. www.mti.com.

DashCenter uses VA Linux systems for storage-for-rent offering

DashCenter, Inc. says it has selected network-attached storage (NAS) appliances from VA Linux Systems, Inc. as the basis for DashCenter's new storage-for-rent offering. Called DashStorage, DashCenter's new service will offer managed RAID storage and back-up services from AboveNet Communications' co-location centers worldwide.

The VA Linux 9205 NAS system, introduced by VA Linux Systems yesterday, is a convenient, ultradense 2U (3.5-inch-high) storage appliance that leverages VA's expertise in Open Source software and high-density systems engineering. The 9205 NAS provides industry-leading storage density, scaling to 2.1 terabytes in an 8U form factor and to over 10TB in a standard 42U rack.

In addition, the VA Linux 9205 NAS is designed to maximize uptime and reliability through features such as Global Status Monitoring, RAID 5 with hot spare, a journaling file system (ext3) for robust data integrity, and an extensive service and support package -- VA Linux Systems' award-winning "Total Linux Coverage (TLC)"(TM) for NAS.

DashCenter will initially be deploying the VA Linux NAS system at AboveNet sites in Vienna, Virginia; San Jose, California; and New York. Additional sites are forthcoming in Chicago, Atlanta, Tokyo and London. www.dashcenter.com. www.valinux.com.

CommVault teams with EMC

CommVault Systems Inc. announced it has joined the EMC Corp. E-Infostructure Developers Program.

This alliance will offer enterprise IT organizations the ability to extend the value of their storage management investments through integration of CommVault's CommVault Galaxy Enterprise 2000 data and storage management software suite with EMC's industry leading Symmetrix Enterprise Storage Systems.

As a member of the EMC E-Infostructure Developers Program, CommVault enjoys access to a wide range of EMC's Symmetrix-specific application programming interfaces (APIs), enabling seamless interoperability that combines the technology expertise of both companies to better protect and leverage customers' critical information infrastructures. CommVault is currently developing integrated solutions with EMC TimeFinder software. Availability of this solution is expected later this year.

CommVault's Galaxy Enterprise 2000 product is the first fully-integrated enterprise storage management solution built from the ground up on Microsoft's Windows platform and designed specifically for managing large heterogeneous computing environments. By presenting a single, unified logical interface for viewing and managing data and storage resource information, the solution eliminates many of the management difficulties that traditional backup products encounter due to their physical device orientation. www.commvault.com.

Adaptec unveils 1G bit Fibre Card

Adaptec, Inc. recently announced its new Adaptec Fibre Card 9110G, a 1 G-bit host bus adapter targeted at small and medium companies looking for an easy-to-use adapter that offers industry-leading interoperability, compatibility and performance.

The 64-bit, 66 MHz adapter features Agilent Technologies' Tachyon chip combined with Adaptec drivers and SAN (Storage Area Network) management software.

Adaptec also announced an expansion of its Compatibility Test Lab to encompass Fibre Channel solutions. Adaptec's Compatibility Test Labs include more than 12,000 square feet of test space with over 500 test systems and thousands of devices for testing the company's industry-leading SCSI, RAID and storage networking products. Today's multi-million dollar expansion includes new Fibre Channel equipment and the addition of more than 1,800 square feet of floor space dedicated to Fibre Channel interoperability and SAN solutions testing.

Adaptec's 9110G Fibre Channel host bus adapter kit is being offered at $1,200 (MSRP), or fully equipped with an optical GBIC and optical cable or copper GBIC and copper cable for $1,350 and $1,450 respectively. The product will begin shipping to North American and European distributors starting on Sept 25. www.adaptec.com.

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