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Quick Takes: Code releases and product extensions

Kevin Komiega

Legato products work with IBM tape, NAS systems

Legato Systems Inc., Mountain View, Calif., announced that its NetWorker and DiskXtender 2000 products have completed interoperability testing, earning IBM TotalStorage Proven status. The TotalStorage Proven program is an effort to develop and deliver products that work with third party products. NetWorker achieved approval for all IBM's Ultrium LTO products and is the only software solution from an external ISV to achieve this distinction, Legato said. Also certified, the DiskXtender 2000 product provides storage consolidation from distributed application servers to centralized, aggregated IBM NAS systems.

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Adaptec widens RAID controller line

Milpitas, Calif.-based Adaptec Inc., introduced a family of four Ultra320 SCSI RAID controllers, including two zero channel solutions, that take aim at the high-density server market. The family includes a single and two-channel controller - the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2120S and 2200S, respectively - with advanced features that simplify storage management. With two of these features, RAID-level migration and Online Capacity Expansion, administrators can reconfigure fault-tolerance settings and increase storage array capacity on the fly. Designed for pedestal and rackmount servers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2200S and 2120S controllers allow full-capacity use of drives of different sizes mixed in a RAID so the array can be upgraded with higher-capacity drives without wasting the extra storage space, Adaptec said.

Adaptec Inc.

Gadzoox releases reference code

SAN specialist Gadzoox Networks Inc. announced the availability of the Virtual Switch Interface and Datamover reference code, two new features of the FabriCore Engines Open SAN OS. Developed as part of the San Jose, Calif.-based company's Open SAN OS fabric services, the Virtual Switch Interface is designed to simplify iSCSI and FCIP product development. The Virtual Switch Interface provides three levels of interaction with the Fibre Channel (FC) fabric services -- a Virtual Service API, a Virtual Port API and a Virtual Link interface. The Virtual Service API allows developers to create fabric service level mappings between FC and other protocols such as iSCSI. Gadzoox said the Virtual Port API simplifies the process of mapping non-FC protocol devices into the FC SAN and receiving notifications when changes occur in the FC SAN. The Virtual Link Interface enables the creation of Virtual E_Ports for protocols like FCIP, which are virtual inter-switch links between non-FC ports and FC ports.

Gadzoox Networks Inc.

Spectra Logic nurtures VAR relationships

Spectra Logic Corp., a tape library manufacturer headquartered in Boulder, Colo., announced the rollout of its enhanced Partner Success Program. Spectra Logic's new two-tiered VAR program is designed to reward its resellers based on criteria such as the amount of training received, joint forecasting and goal setting and commitment to operate a demonstration unit. Instead of basing the program purely on revenue goals, Spectra Logic has created an equal opportunity program accessible to any-sized VAR, from the largest business to the one-person shop. About 70% of Spectra Logic's revenue is generated by its VAR channel.

Spectra Logic Corp.

Emulex HBAs get the nod from HDS

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Emulex Corp., a supplier of host bus adapters (HBAs), announced that Hitachi Data Systems Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., has qualified the Emulex LightPulse LP9002L HBA for use with its Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 Series storage systems in conjunction with Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire V880 and V480 servers. Hitachi Data Systems' qualification now enables Sun Fire V880 and V480 server customers to utilize Emulex Fibre Channel host bus adapters for server to storage connectivity. Emulex continues to work closely with Hitachi Data Systems to ensure complete compatibility between the two companies' product families and other mission-critical enterprise servers, Emulex said. Emulex Corp.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp.

Rhapsody in SANs

Rhapsody Networks, Fremont, Calif., and FalconStor Software Inc., Melville, NY, are working on a storage configuration to help enterprises more effectively manage large and growing corporate data, according to the companies. The system will target corporate data attached to storage area networks (SANs). Rhapsody Networks develops storage networking platforms that run storage applications within a SAN. FalconStor's IPStor provides storage services, including remote replication, mirroring, capacity-on-demand, snapshot, zero-impact backup/restore enablers, active-active failover, through a software-only design that runs on existing industry standard hardware over Fibre Channel, iSCSI and IP/SCSI. There is no word on when the work will be complete.

FalconStor Software Inc.

Rhapsody Networks Inc.

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