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Quick Takes: Teaming up

Kevin Komiega

Improving the Web

Dell, Round Rock, Texas, and LinkGuard Ltd., London, are joining forces to build one of the world's largest near real-time distributed databases, which will total 40T Bytes of data storage when completed early next year. The result will be the LinkGuard LinkMap, the first comprehensive map of the Web, which will identify broken links on the Internet and allow them to be quickly restored, greatly improving the 'Web experience.' Powered by Dell PowerEdge 6450 enterprise servers and Dell PowerVault 650F and 630F Fibre Channel storage products the LinkMap database will provide an intelligent response to the "404 error" a user typically receives, when they hit a broken link, by recommending alternative sites rather than bouncing the user from the site.

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Dell Computer Corp.

LinkGuard Ltd.

Feeling edgy?

Microlite Corp., announced that its BackupEDGE backup and disaster recovery software for Unix and Linux is now available through national distributor Tech Data Corp. BackupEDGE is enhanced backup and disaster recovery software for Unix and Linux systems that provides low-level tape device and autochanger support, high speed retrieval of stored files, and support for advanced industry initiatives such as TapeAlert diagnostics. BackupEDGE installs and runs on SCO OpenServer 5.0.x, Unix 3.2v4.2, UnixWare 2.1.3 and UnixWare 7. It also installs and runs on all versions of Linux for Intel systems with 2.x kernels, including Red Hat, Caldera, Corel, Mandrake and Suse.

Microlite Corp.

Tech Data Corp.

NetApp teams with Exodus on content delivery

Network Appliance, Inc., (NetApp), Sunnyvale, Calif., a provider of network-attached data access and content management solutions has teamed with Web Hosting specialist Exodus Communications, Inc., in an alliance that will enable customers to purchase NetApp network storage and server-side content distribution solutions throughout the Exodus worldwide network of Internet Data Centers (IDCs). The new NetApp solutions will help Exodus customers automate storage management and accelerate the delivery of content to their end users. Exodus plans to offer Network Appliance's NetApp F840, NetCache 6100 and NetCache 1105 solutions to its customers. The NetApp F840 is a content storage solution providing customers with enterprise class data management capabilities. The NetCache 6100 and NetCache 1105 are content delivery appliances, offering server-side content acceleration. The NetApp network storage and content distribution solutions are available now.

Exodus Communications, Inc.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Content, content, content

Also on the NetApp front, the network-attached storage (NAS) vendor has entered an agreement with Portal Software, Inc., Cupertino, Calif., a provider of customer management and billing software for the Internet to enable content management, distribution, and billing for emerging content delivery networks (CDNs). The two companies will collaborate to develop a seamless integration between NetApp solutions and Portal's Infranet customer management and billing platform. The integration enables CDNs and service providers to catalogue server usage, create flexible business models and develop new revenue streams from their networks.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Portal Software, Inc.

Data protection for the traveler

PC-toting travelers can now protect themselves against catastrophic data loss by accessing Broomfield, Colo.-based ManagedStorage International, Inc.'s PowerBAK personal computer backup and recovery service from Aerzone Business Centers across North America. Available now, the PowerBAK service is available from any of the 23 Aerzone Business Center locations in 14 markets across North America. ManagedStorage's PowerBAK provides automated backup, specified by the user, over any Internet connection anytime, anywhere, and includes full system recovery of all applications and information. Aerzone is owned by SoftNet Systems, Inc.

ManagedStorage International, Inc.

Aerzone

GE to resell Hitachi storage systems

GE Access, Boulder, Colo., and Hitachi Data Systems, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced an agreement that enables GE Access to offer resellers the full line of Hitachi Freedom Storage products and solutions. GE Access will resell Hitachi Data Systems' complete line of storage systems giving Hitachi entry to a new customer base served by GE Access. GE Access will be able to offer Hitachi's flagship high-end storage system, the Freedom Storage Lightning 9900, as well as the Freedom Storage 5800, a system for mid-range computing operations, both of which are equipped with Fibre Channel connections and support a variety of UNIX-based platforms as well as Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems.

Hitachi Data Systems

Who's that on the Front Porch?

It's the EMTEC Group and they're selling media. The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based data storage media supplier is planning to selll and distribute Front Porch Digital, Inc.'s proprietary digital media products and professional services around the world. EMTEC, formerly known as BASF Magnetics, hopes to significantly increase its value-added revenues through its professional sales operation, which markets data, video, and audio media to Fortune Global 500 companies, while Front Porch Digital wants to rapidly grow its existing and future product and service offerings using its proprietary technology.

EMTEC Group

Front Porch Digital, Inc.

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