Quick Takes: Hard drives and new deals

Storage companies are out pounding the pavement making deals with partners as well as rivals.

Microsoft, MTI team on NAS

Anaheim, Calif.-based MTI Technology Corp., and Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., announced a strategic relationship for the next generation of MTI network-attached storage (NAS) boxes. MTI will incorporate the Microsoft Server Appliance Kit (SAK) for Windows 2000 in its recently introduced StingRay NAS storage system. The Microsoft SAK delivers a set of management capabilities for fixed-function server appliances. The StingRay NAS solution is available now from MTI in flexible configurations that start at $88,600.

MTI Technolgy Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Dot Hill makes inroads into Singapore

Dot Hill Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., has signed a distribution agreement with Scientific Digital Business Pte Ltd. (SDB), of Singapore, a mass storage and imaging product distributor in Southeast Asia. The agreement enables SDB's regional offices, value-added resellers, and systems integrators to distribute Dot Hill's data storage systems and storage networking products throughout the region. Dot Hill's family of SANnet storage systems, comprises mix-and-match components that can be customized by interface, capacity requirements, type of RAID protection, and level of fault-tolerance. Axis is Dot Hill's family of storage managers that add intelligence to existing storage and networking infrastructures, the company said.

Dot Hill Systems Corp.

Scientific Digital Business (SDB) Group

Infini-deal

Infinicon Systems Inc., a developer of shared input/output subsystems headquartered in King of Prussia, Penn., and Austin, Texas-based Lane15 Software Inc., an InfiniBand management software maker, announced an alliance supporting the integration of Infinicon shared I/O infrastructure with Lane15 management software. The alliance will support the more rapid deployment of InfiniBand enabled servers by offering customers lower risk and improved ROI, the companies stated in a joint press release. Through the alliance Infinicon Systems' ISIS Architecture shared I/O subsystem technology will be combined with the Lane15 Fabric Manager software. The combined products provide users with an easily installable and scaleable InfiniBand fabric solution, the companies said.

Infinicon Systems Inc.

Lane15 Software Inc.

LSI certifies SAN management tool

SANavigator Inc., San Jose, Calif., a SAN management software developer, and LSI Logic Corp., Milpitas, Calif., announced certification of LSI Logic's 2 G-Bit/s host bus adapters (HBAs), for use with SANavigator software, a multi-platform Java-based SAN management application. Testing by the two companies confirmed that the LSI Logic Fibre Channel HBAs, the LSI40919O and LSI40929O, are now supported by SANavigator's auto discovery topology mapping function.

LSI Logic Corp.

SANavigator Inc.

Toshiba expands drive family

Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD), Irvine, Calif., has debuted a 9.5mm 5400 RPM family of hard drives. This new family offers high-speed 2.5-inch hard drives in 20G Byte, 30G Byte and 40G Byte capacities. The new drives feature an areal density of 34.7 G-Bits per square inch, and a motor speed of 5400 RPMs, which improves system-level performance by as much as 12% when compared with 4200 RPM drives, Toshiba said. Toshiba's new HDD family offers an ATA-5 compliant interface to support high transfer rates of 100M-Bits/sec.

Toshiba Ltd.

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