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Quick Takes: Logical solutions

Kevin Komiega

Eurologic integrates Cheetah -- minus the spots

Eurologic Systems Inc., announced that its 2 Gigabit-per-second (2Gbps) Fibre Channel-ready network storage system, the SANbloc, is now available with Seagate Technology Corp.'s Cheetah 73G Byte low-profile disc drives. Eurologic said the Cheetah 73G Byte LP improves the performance of storage while conserving space by delivering a 59% faster data rate in a 3.5-inch form-factor. Eurologic said incorporating Seagate's Cheetah 73LP into SANbloc has helped to drive down list cost-per-megabyte to about $.02/M Byte for a JBOD configuration. Each SANbloc supports up to 14 low-profile, 73G Byte disc drives, enabling up to 1T Byte of data within a 3U form factor, or roughly the size of a briefcase.

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Seagate Technology Corp.

Eurologic Systems Inc.

Consolidating servers and storage

LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc., Milpitas, Calif., debuted a new system called TotalNET Advanced Server (TAS) 6.1, designed for consolidating heterogeneous servers and storage devices. TAS 6.1, which is available now, features a set of resource consolidation functions including file sharing among heterogeneous computers, centralized administration of shared storage and consolidated authentication services using LDAP or legacy directories. TAS 6.1 permits file and print sharing among Windows, NetWare, Macintosh, Unix Network File System (NFS) and Distributed File System (DFS) client computers. Resource sharing across heterogeneous systems is made possible through support of TCP/IP, NetBEUI, IPX, SPX, and AppleTalk.

LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc.

StorageNetworks nabs second STORfusion customer

StorageNetworks Inc., Waltham, Mass., said Honolulu-headquartered Pihana Pacific Inc.,will use its new STORfusion services to deliver data storage management services to Pihana's customers co-located at its Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney data centers. Pihana will use StorageNetworks STORos storage operating system, Virtual Storage Portal (VSP) software and STORvision command and control software, as well as monitoring capabilities and customer support to deliver the managed storage services. Pihana Pacific will market six branded services within three core storage product offerings: Pihana Pacific SAN; NAS; and Backup & Restore services. StorageNetworks STORfusion service is aimed at telecommunications companies and computing, network, and infrastructure-based service providers looking to enter the data storage management services market.

Pihana Pacific Inc.

StorageNetworks Inc.

Arrow opens up to IBM storage products

Officials at Arrow Electronics' North American Computer Products (Arrow NACP) group, Minneapolis, Minn., said it has plans to extend the product line of its mass storage-focused operating unit, Consan. The product expansion focuses on adding IBM Storage Systems Group enterprise-level storage products including the Shark Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) to its menu in both the U.S. and Canada. Previously, IBM solution providers purchasing IBM enterprise hardware solutions from Arrow only had availability through Indianapolis-based Support Net, Arrow NACP's IBM midrange-focused operating unit.

Arrow Electronics Inc.

Consan Inc.

Support Net

Xiotech offers QLogic management suite

Xiotech Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., is offering its storage area network (SAN) customers the QLogic Corp.'sHost Bus Adapter (HBA) High-Availability software package, which is part of the QLogic Management Suite (QMS). The QMS module extends the capabilities found in Xiotech's existing REDI Path software to provide redundant connections and automatic failover in switched fabric environments. Xiotech already resells QLogic SANblade Fibre Channel HBAs. Now, Xiotech will offer QLogic's HBA High-Availability module to its SAN customers who operate Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Novell NetWare environments. Customers selecting the Xiotech Magnitude hardware platform with multiple QLogic HBAs, REDI Path software and the QLogic HBA High-Availability option will be able to establish dual connections to as many as 192 heterogeneous servers with access up to 11.5T Bytes of storage. In the event of a failure in one HBA connection, data transfers will automatically be routed to another HBA, ensuring uptime of a customer's SAN.

QLogic Corp.

Xiotech Corp.

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