Quick takes: On course

Sistina opens clustering training center in Minneapolis; SANgate gets on the standards track; and Switching it up.

Sistina opens clustering training center in Minneapolis

Sistina Software Inc., a developer of storage clustering software has cut the ribbon on a new storage clustering software training center in its Minneapolis headquarters with a course titled "GFS 100: Storage Clustering for Linux." The three-day course combines interactive classroom instruction with hands-on experience in Sistina's storage clustering lab. The stations in the storage clustering lab provide each student access to their own five-node Linux cluster, consisting of a Brocade Silkworm 2400 Fibre Channel switch, network power switch, Linux workstation and storage area network (SAN). Additionally, Sistina's developers are on hand to answer questions throughout the course. The next class will be held July 10-12.

Sistina Software Inc.

SANgate gets on the standards track

SANgate Systems Inc., Southborough, Mass., has joined a pair of storage networking groups, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Direct Access File System (DAFS) Collaborative. SANgate said that by participating in these organizations it can work with other companies to ultimately save customers time and money. SNIA serves as a forum that brings competing storage vendors together in support of storage infrastructure interoperability and the DAFS Collaborative is an industry group established to specify and promote the DAFS protocol.

SANgate Systems Inc.

Storage Networking Industry Association

Direct Access File System Collaborative

Switching it up

InfiniBand switch-maker InfiniSwitch Corp., Westborough, Mass., has entered into an OEM licensing agreement with Lane15 Software Inc., a developer of InfiniBand management software. Under terms of the multi-year contract, InfiniSwitch will bundle Lane15's Fabric Manager with its InfiniBand switching products, which are scheduled to ship to end-users at the end of this year. The companies said the deal will accelerate industry adoption of InfiniBand technology.

Lane 15 Software Inc.

InfiniSwitch Corp.

RAM-SAN completes Brocade program

Texas Memory Systems Inc.'s RAM-SAN has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc., as interoperable with Brocade-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) infrastructure in testing conducted through the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, an end-to-end interoperability initiative for enterprise SANs. The program is a testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in Brocade-based SAN environments. Texas Memory Systems is the first manufacturer of Solid State Disks to complete Brocade's Fabric Aware interoperability testing. The RAM-SAN eliminates I/O bottlenecks in SANs, by storing frequently accessed data on high-speed SDRAM. In addition to 20-microsecond latency for data access, the RAM-SAN provides 3GB/sec of bandwidth and 750,000 random I/O's per second through 15 Fibre Channel interfaces.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

Texas Memory Systems Inc.

Chassis across the pond

StorCase Technology Company Inc., formerly the Storage Products Division of Kingston Technology Co., has signed a distribution agreement with the UK's largest storage distributor Ideal Hardware. The deal has Ideal Hardware' selling the StorCase InfoStation family of RAID and disk enclosures for server attached NAS and SAN applications to its UK-wide corporate resellers and dealers. InfoStation is a rack mount or tower chassis designed to house up to nine 3.5 inch half-height, single-connect (SCA) SCSI drives with data transfer rates of more than 18,000 IOPS through U160 or Fibre host connections.

StorCase Technology Company Inc.

Ideal Hardware Ltd.

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