Quick Takes: IBM offers hardware refinancing

IBM announced a new offering that allows customers to choose between making lower payments with reduced financing rates or deferring all payments at no charge until 2004; GST has entered into an alliance with InoStor to implement Tandberg's SLR tape technology with GST's tape solutions on the IBM iSeries; and Trebia Networks is delivering production-ready storage network processing solutions for use by OEMs.

IBM offers hardware refinancing

Forget about your mortgage, refinance your storage. IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y., announced a new offering that allows qualified customers to choose between making lower payments with reduced financing rates or deferring all payments at no charge until 2004. No interest is charged during the deferral and standard financing rates apply when payments begin. Dubbed the 'Power to Choose' program, the new payment plan is aimed at customers across a wide range of IBM hardware, including iSeries, xSeries and pSeries eServers, TotalStorage, PCs, Store Systems, Printing Systems and software and services. The offering ends September 30 in the United States, Canada and the Asia Pacific region. IBM Corp.

Partners prep tape for iSeries

GST Inc., Lake Forest, Calif., has entered into a technology alliance with InoStor, A Tandberg Data Company, to implement the Tandberg SLR tape technology with GST's tape solutions on the IBM iSeries. IBM's internal tape backup solution for their iSeries servers uses SLR (Scalable Linear Recording) tape technology. GST has announced external tape solutions for the iSeries, compatible with the IBM internal SLR solutions, using the technology alliance it has formed with InoStor, the company said. All GST tape products using Tandberg Data's SLR tape technology are now available.

GST Inc.

InoStor, A Tandberg Data Company

Storage processors ready to go

Trebia Networks Inc., a storage silicon maker based in Acton, Mass., announced it is delivering complete, production-ready storage network processing solutions for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Three versions of the SNP-1000 storage network processor -- SNP-1000, SNP-1000L and SNP-1000i -- have been fully qualified and tested meeting the exacting requirements of OEM production release. Completing the solution, the SANPort version 1.1 combination of firmware and software has also been fully tested to production standards for these SNP-1000 ICs, according to Trebia.

Trebia Networks Inc.

Crossroads Systems Inc., Austin, Texas, said its next generation Fibre Channel connectivity options for HP's enterprise and mid-range tape libraries are generally available to customers. The Crossroads embedded storage routers feature increased performance throughput, added support for SCSI Ultra160, and twice the port density for enterprise-class solutions, the company said in a press release. For external connectivity of tape libraries, Crossroads also supplies both the HP StorageWorks Network Storage Router M2402 for enterprise Fibre Channel solutions and the N1200 for midrange solutions.

Crossroads Systems Inc.

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