Broadcom buys RAIDCore

Short on time? Here's a quick roundup of the week's storage news and announcements that you might have missed.

Broadcom buys RAIDCore

This week Broadcom Corp., Irvine, Calif., announced that it has acquired RAIDCore Inc., a Nashua, New Hampshire-based startup company focused on the development of RAID and virtualization software. RAIDCore's product lineup includes a RAID software stack targeted at high volume single and dual processor servers. Employing RAIDCore's proprietary Fulcrum Architecture, the software is operating system, I/O bus and hardware independent and can be used with existing and future server RAID solutions, whether based on SATA or SAS RAID.

Broadcom said it would use RAIDCore's software stack to offer a set of RAID solutions to the server storage market. Broadcom said the combination of Broadcom silicon and RAIDCore software enables efficient and reliable management of storage resources within a server.

The acquisition will ultimately cost Broadcom $16.5 million.

Emulex aims for small SAN users

Emulex Corp. is targeting its Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) at the little guy. The Costa Mesa, Calif., company announced a new class of Fibre Channel HBA technology targeted specifically at the small-and medium-sized businesses.

According to Emulex, the new Emulex LightPulse LP101 HBA delivers affordable, easy-to-use Fibre Channel connectivity, making it practical for small organizations to deploy low-cost servers and storage arrays in a SAN environment.

Installation of a SAN, utilizing the Emulex LP101 for connectivity, enables centralized data management, high-speed tape backup and reduced storage costs through more efficient, shared utilization of disk storage resources, Emulex said in a press release.

Emulex is sampling products to its OEM partners and is expected to begin production shipments as early as next quarter.

Storactive activates new software features

Storactive Inc., Marina Del Rey, Calif., has beefed up its Storactive LiveBackup software, a client-server backup tool that provides continuous data protection for corporate workstation and mobile system data. LiveBackup offers transparent backup and reliable file, system and disaster recovery for Windows laptop and desktop PCs, according to Storactive. The new functionality in the software's latest version includes Windows Server 2003 support and checkpointing technology. Storactive said by running LiveBackup Server on Windows Server 2003, enterprises can take advantage of the scalability and power offered by Microsoft's new server operating system.

Storactive LiveBackup version 2.72 starts at $99 per client machine.

Got news? E-mail: Kevin Komiega, News Editor

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