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Storage Clips: Sun talks up software partners

Sun counters StorageTek acquisition by bolstering its partnerships with AppIQ, Veritas and CA.

Sun leans on partners for software
Sun Microsystems Inc. countered StorageTek's acquisition of Storability Software today by announcing enhanced capabilities for its newest midrange system, the Sun StorEdge 6920 system, through the support of partners including AppIQ Inc., Computer Associates International Inc. and Veritas Software Corp. The StorEdge 6920 was designed to consolidate applications on a single system that offers scalability, application-oriented storage pooling, simplified management and centralized services. Sun claims that through the company's alliance with these vendors, the StorEdge 6920 system will provide quicker deployment of today's most popular data management applications.

McData touts router at analyst day
According to Credit Suisse First Boston analysts who attended McData's analyst day yesterday, the company emphasized a growing demand for the integration of traditional storage networking with routing, security and management solutions. With its recently released Eclipse 2640 router and the upcoming launch of the Intrepid 10K director, McData believes that it is well positioned to meet this demand.

Big Apple praises Xiotech
Xiotech Corporation has been awarded a storage contract by the State of New York, recognizing Xiotech as a qualified provider of storage solutions and allowing the company to avoid lengthy procurement cycles. It offers New York agencies the opportunity to buy Xiotech's storage networking products at a prenegotiated price. Xiotech's flagship product, Magnitude 3D, is a midrange storage subsystem that provides clustering and SAN management. As a recipient of the award, Xiotech joins a select group of suppliers who have met the State of New York's business and technical specifications. The storage contract runs through July 11, 2009, with the option to extend for an additional five years.

Dot Hill gets a ranking
Dot Hill Systems Corp. has been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program for San Diego, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, a professional services firm. Rankings are based on the percentage of growth in fiscal year revenues over five years, from 1999 to 2003. To qualify for the Technology Fast 50, companies must have had operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 1999 and $1,000,000 in 2003.

Seagate opens Knowledge Center
Seagate Technology announced the SAS Knowledge Center, an online resource that aims to prepare storage professionals for the transition to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology. The SAS Knowledge Center was developed by Seagate, with additional support from Adaptec Inc., Intel Corp. and LSI Logic Corp., and provides information about SAS using interactive online visual demonstrations.

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